Role of DOD Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Homeland Security   [open pdf - 330KB]

"Ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan resulted in an increased demand for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for commanders. In an effort to satisfy this insatiable appetite for ISR assets, full motion video in particular, the Air Force increased its Program of Record for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). These assets, and the Airmen who operate them, maintain a high operations tempo during ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eventually, these operations will terminate and the demand for ISR will be greatly reduced. This paper seeks to identify roles in which the nation can leverage these assets in the defense of the homeland. Drug interdiction, port security, disaster relief, search and rescue, and border patrol are just a few potential roles. Finally, this paper looks at potential obstacles, both legal and policy, to implementing a proposed way-ahead."

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