Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

Critical Need for UAV Data in the Trenche

Critical Need for UAV Data in the Trenches

Brigadier General Josef F. Weber, USMC, Commanding General, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command (MAGTFTC), USA, spoke with European-Security’s Joël-François Dumont at the conclusion of the General’s remarks at the UAV USA 2001 Conference (Shephard's), Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA, December 11, 2001. His topic was the "UAV - Combat Multiplier for both Corps and Coalition ... Transformation in Progress."

European-Security: The Marine Corps is using UAVs. What importance do you assign to them and what outcome do you expect from their use?

General Weber: We are particularly interested in the use of UAVs at the tactical level. I am responsible for training 30,000 marines a year, to ensure they are prepared for combined arms close fighting.

We are very interested in three things:

  • Accurate target location;
  • Streamlined, clearance of fires; and
  • Reduced sensor-to-shooter time;

All at the tactical level, down in the trenches. We are less interested in streaming video and that type of thing, than in accurate target location, to allow us to meet the various requirements for targeting and to kill something.

As the targeting cycle - which includes deciding, detecting, delivering, and assessing - gets quicker and quicker at the tactical level, we need UAVs to help us with this shortened process – it’s what we are primarily interested in the Marine Corps right now.

European-Security: Americans are now conducting operations in Afghanistan where they are using satellites, planes, UAVs and Special Forces on the ground -- all at the same time. Does this represent war in the 21st Century?

General Weber: Well, I think it's a new ‘art of war’, and that we are finally realizing that we can have all the systems we want, but unless they talk to each other, and unless they are linked, it does the forces on the ground no good.

We learned many lessons from South-West Asia, but for some reason we did not act and move as we should have, to be where we need to be right now with UAVS. In Afghanistan, we’ve had the opportunity to see the importance of these systems and link them together.

My concern is that at the theater and strategic levels we’re achieving linkage, and to some extent at operational level -- this is good. But don't forget that people like us, we are down in the trenches, with ‘the blood the mud, the guts and the beer’ and need these assets down there to win the close fight, the combined arms fight that we do and we are looking for whatever the UAVs can do to help us in that close fight.

European-Security: Thank you, General, for your insights.


Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin

Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).