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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations: Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24747.
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Committee Activities

FIRST COMMITTEE MEETING
NOVEMBER 7-9, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: Conduct administrative actions, introductory discussions, bias discussion, and briefings; discuss statement of task and background with sponsor; receive briefings and engage in dialogue with briefers; review report-writing process and project plan; review and flesh out initial report outline; make committee writing assignments; and set future meeting dates and determine next steps.

Army S&T Systems Adaptive Red Team UAS as a Threat Project, Dr. Patrick J. Driscoll, Army Systems Adaptive Red Team, and Professor, Department of Systems Engineering, United States Military Academy

USMC Counter Class 1 UAS Development and Experiment Efforts for Dismounted Infantry, Col James Jenkins, S&T Director, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

The Use of Commercial Drones in Lethal and JSR Modes, Dr. Robert J. Bunker, Adjunct Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College and Adjunct Faculty, Claremont Graduate University (via web meeting)

State-of-the-Art and Vision for Class 1 UAS Swarming and Collaborative Capabilities, Dr. Raymond R. Buettner, Jr., Associate Professor of Information Science, Naval Postgraduate School (via web meeting)

Black Dart—View of Emerging and Future Class 1 UAS Threats and Capabilities to Counter Class 1 UAS, MAJ Adam Bock, Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization

A Proposed Taxonomy and Structure for Discussing Drone Threats and Countermeasures, Mr. Michael Hopmeier, President, Unconventional Concepts, Inc.

Commercial Drones: How They Change the Character of Conflict Between State and Non-State Actors Today and in the Future , Dr. T.X. Hammes, Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, National Defense University

DHS Concerns and Ongoing Efforts for Countering Class 1 UAS, Ms. Anh N. Duong, Program Executive Officer, Unmanned Aerial Systems, DHS Science & Technology

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations: Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24747.
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Small UAS and Counter Small UAS DARPA Programs, Mr. Jean-Charles Lede, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

TELECONFERENCE WITH DJI,
NOVEMBER 22, 2016

Objective: Conduct data gathering with engineers at DJI about the state of the art in small unmanned aircraft system capabilities and obtain an industry perspective on how those capabilities will develop within the next 8 years.

SECOND COMMITTEE MEETING
DECEMBER 19-21, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: Receive briefings and engage in dialogue with briefers; arrive at a report concept draft; make committee writing assignments; discuss fact finding; and set future meeting dates and determine next steps.

Cooperative Teams of UAS: Uses and Vulnerabilities, Dr. David Grymin, Research Engineer, Control Science Center of Excellence, Aerospace Systems Directorate Air Force Research Laboratory

CUAS Efforts at the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization, Dr. Andrew Roettgen, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization

Current and Future U. S. Army CUAS Science and Technology Efforts, Dr. Matthew B. Higgins, Chief (A), RF EW Branch, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Current and Future U. S. Navy CUAS Science and Technology Efforts, Dr. John N. Lee, Senior Scientist (ST), Applied Optics Branch, Naval Research Laboratory

Swarming and Collaborative Groups of Drones: Uses and Counters, Dr. Timothy H. Chung, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ·

Remotely Piloted Innovation: Terrorism, Drones and Supportive Technology, Mr. Don Rassler, Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy (via web meeting)

Current and Future US. Air Force CUAS Efforts, Mr. Bede “BJ” Lopez, Integrated Air and Missile Defense Branch Chief, Command and Control, Integrated Air & Missile Defense, and Information Operations Division, Headquarters USAF

Mental and Physical CUAS System Burdens on Dismounted Soldiers, Mr. Rodger Pettitt, Human Research and Engineering Directorate, Army Research Laboratory (via web meeting)

Congressional Perspectives on CUAS for Dismounted Infantry and Light Armored Vehicles, Mr. Kevin Gates, Professional Staff Member, House Armed Services Committee

Aerial Dragnet, Dr. Jeffrey Krolik, Strategic Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations: Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24747.
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TELECONFERENCE WITH DAVID RAMBLING
JANUARY 4, 2017

Objective: Conduct data gathering with David Rambling about his small unmanned aircraft system swarms and how they might be used.

THIRD COMMITTEE MEETING
JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 1, 2017
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA

Objectives: Receive briefings and engage in dialogue with briefers; engage in report drafting; make committee writing assignments; discuss fact finding; and set future meeting dates and determine next steps.

Physical and Cognitive Burdens of Operating a CUAS System, Ms. Meghan O’Donovan, Biomechanics, and Dr. Joseph Moran, Cognitive Sciences, Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (via VTC)

Panel Discussion: Practical CUAS Field Experience, LtCol Jackson T. Doan, Commanding Officer; Capt Tyler J. Anthony; Capt Charles E. Broun; Capt Josef E. Patterson; Capt Nathan Jeffcoat; Capt Bobby Wolff; 2ndLT Kyle Connell; SSgt Dustin Decou; Sgt Justin McGee; Sgt Daniel Meadows; and Cpl Marquis Blocker, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines “DARKHORSE,” U.S. Marine Corps

Fires Center of Excellence CUAS Update, LTC Rhonda Williams, Fires Center of Excellence, U.S. Army (via VTC)

Russian Efforts to Counter UAS Swarms, Mr. Samuel Bendett, Researcher, Center for Naval Analyses (via web meeting)

EO/JR Detection of Small UAS, Mr. Mark Anderson, Director, Information Sciences, Teledyne Scientific Company (via web meeting)

UAS Detection, Classification, and Neutralization: Market Survey 2015, Dr. Gabriel Birch, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories (via web meeting)

FOURTH COMMITTEE MEETING
MARCH 13-16, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: Receive briefings and engage in dialogue with briefers; conduct report writing; discuss findings and recommendations; and discuss fact finding.

Data-gathering sessions were not open to the public as requested by the sponsor and approved by the Office of General Counsel.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations: Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24747.
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FIFTH COMMITTEE MEETING
APRIL 24-28, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Objectives: Receive a briefing; conduct deliberations; achieve committee concurrence.

The data-gathering session was not open to the public as requested by the sponsor and approved by the Office of General Counsel.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations: Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24747.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations: Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24747.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations: Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24747.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A Committee Activities." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations: Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24747.
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The development of inexpensive small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) technologies and the growing desire of hobbyists to have more and more capability have created a sustained sUAS industry, however these capabilities are directly enabling the ability of adversaries to threaten U.S. interests. In response to these threats, the U.S. Army and other Department of Defense (DoD) organizations have invested significantly in counter-sUAS technologies, often focusing on detecting radio frequency transmissions by sUASs and/or their operators, and jamming the radio frequency command and control links and Global Positioning System signals of individual sUASs. However, today’s consumer and customized sUASs can increasingly operate without radio frequency command and control links by using automated target recognition and tracking, obstacle avoidance, and other software-enabled capabilities.

The U.S. Army tasked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study to address the above concerns. In particular, the committee was asked to assess the sUAS threat, particularly when massed and collaborating; assess current capabilities of battalion-and- below infantry units to counter sUASs; identify counter-sUAS technologies appropriate for near- term, mid-term, and far-term science and technology investment; consider human factors and logistics; and determine if the Department of Homeland Security could benefit from DoD efforts. This abbreviated report provides background information on the full report and the committee that prepared it.

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