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Accession Number ADA601444
Title Overmanned and Undertrained: Preparing UAS Crewmembers for Unmanned Close Air Support.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 52p
Personal Author R. C. Rodriguez
Abstract Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadrons (VMU) are not postured to achieve Headquarters Marine Corps newest tactical or operational goals and capabilities due to underutilized and undervalued UAS flight simulation, inefficient crew composition, and lack of organic Close Air Support (CAS) subject matter experts. The VMUs are not currently postured correctly. The following recommendations will help ensure they are. An emphasis on UAS flight simulation, including the required contractor support, will ensure cost effective advances in tactical acumen. Detailed examination of the current crew composition, from a skill set perspective, will identify areas of redundant training and inefficient crew coordination. Finally, introduction of UAS into the CAS environment without the requisite subject matter expertise residing in each VMU will result in the underutilization of this crucial asset.
Keywords Cas(Close air support)
Close support
Cost effectiveness
Flight crews
Flight simulators
Marine corps training
Military occupational specialties
Remotely piloted vehicles
Rq-7b shadow
Tactical air support
Uas(Unmanned aircraft systems)
Vmu(Unmanned aerial vehicle squadrons)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51B - Aeronautics
51C - Aircraft
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Marine Corps Univ., Quantico, VA. Command and Staff Coll.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1421
Contract Number N/A

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