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Title: Reducing Asymmetry in Countering Uncrewed Aircraft Systems
Authors: Christian Thiessen, Douglas L. Van Bossuyt
Britta Hale
Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS)
Surface (JCA-EKS)
Issue Date: 6-May-2022
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Acquisition Management;SYM-AM-22-125
Abstract: Current Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) rely heavily on low-efficiency techniques such as broadband radio frequency (RF) jamming and high-intensity lasers. Not only do such techniques come at the cost of second and third order effects—such as collateral jamming risks to operational systems, a large RF footprint, and high energy use—but they also present an asymmetry between threat and response. Many commercial, off-the-shelf UAS devices are inexpensive compared to the C-UAS systems historically under focus in Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition. This work argues for leveling that asymmetry by exploring C-UAS autonomy-on-autonomy options by using cyberattack payload capabilities residing on a UAS. By reducing the attack surface to focus on a particular target, these cyber techniques provide scalpel-edged control to the operator, reducing risk to own systems, RF footprint, and collateral damage.
Description: SYM Presentation
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