Documents in the NTIS Technical Reports collection are the results of federally funded research. They are directly submitted to or collected by NTIS from Federal agencies for permanent accessibility to industry, academia and the public.  Before purchasing from NTIS, you may want to check for free access from (1) the issuing organization's website; (2) the U.S. Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System website http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys; (3) the federal government Internet portal USA.gov; or (4) a web search conducted using a commercial search engine such as http://www.google.com.
Accession Number ADA562378
Title Revelations in Haiti: The Side Effects of New Priorities for Remotely Piloted ISR Aircraft.
Publication Date 2011
Media Count 9p
Personal Author J. Haley
Abstract The RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-1 Predator, and other remotely piloted intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms typically perform combat missions to defeat improvised explosive devices or locate and neutralize enemy forces. However, the US response to the devastating earthquake near Port-au- Prince, Haiti, on 12 January 2010 challenges the paradigm that ISR simply counteracts threats.1 In response to the Haiti disaster, the international community initiated a massive recovery and relief effort.2 The United States alone deployed more than 22,000 military personnel, 30 ships, and 300 aircraft in support of Operation Unified Response.3 The deployed aircraft included several manned and remotely piloted ISR platforms. Unified Response was the first international deployment of remotely piloted ISR assets in support of a humanitarian operation although some of these assets assisted domestically after Hurricane Katrina.4 The RQ-4 and MQ-1 provided time-critical imagery support and overwatch for military and civilian relief workers in Haiti. However, use of these military assets to support humanitarian operations complicates future decisions regarding their employment. A complication emerges when remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) tackle problems beyond their traditional roles of finding, fixing, tracking, and engaging targets. Specifically, such a new role gives policy makers, war fighters, and the public a different perspective of ISR. Providing humanitarian support via remotely piloted ISR platforms contests the established paradigm by creating debate about when and how to employ these assets. Unified Response reveals that the United States can respond to international humanitarian operations with ISR aircraft whenever decision makers choose to do so. Consequently, the operation demonstrates that the ISR community must be prepared to conduct these operations with the necessary manpower, support, and equipment.
Keywords Aircraft
Decision making
Deployment
Earthquakes
Employment
Global hawk
Haiti
Humanitarian assistance
Hurricanes
International
Jet fighters
Mq-1 aircraft
Operation
Platforms
Policies
Predator
Remotely piloted vehicles
Reprints
Response
Rq-4 aircraft
Targets
Warfare


 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
74F - Military Intelligence
Corporate Author Air Univ., Maxwell AFB, AL. Air Force Research Inst.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

Science and Technology Highlights

See a sampling of the latest scientific, technical and engineering information from NTIS in the NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter

Acrobat Reader Mobile    Acrobat Reader