The JAPCC has recently completed a project of work titled, Strategic Concept of Employment for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in NATO. This document recommends the NATO vision for the operation, integration, and interoperability of UAS through 2025. It describes a capabilities-based approach to UAS, which enhances joint guidance for optimum UAS employment across a full range of military operations. Additionally, this document should assist with the development of joint/coalition, Service doctrine, CONOPS, and operational plans.
This Concept of Employment was presented to and accepted by the Joint UAS Panel and will be published and distributed in early 2010. The document includes the following areas of examination:
UAS Family of Systems
A detailed discussion of the UAS family of systems is included and describes key UAS terms and related employment concepts. The UAS components (aircraft, payload, communications, control, support, and human aspects) are indentified and discussed. Also NATO UAS categories are defined and an overview of UAS capabilities is provided.
Planning and Employment Considerations
A list of what we believe to be the most important issues regarding UAS employment in the near term is presented as well as a discussion of the specific challenges faced by Joint Planners.
UAS Support to Joint or Coalition Force Operations
– A top-level discussion for the optimised employment of UAS based on current doctrine and near-to mid-term concepts is conducted.