A Survey of Experimental UAV Squadrons in Exercise Robust RAM and Operation Grizzly

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Authors
  1. Van Bavel, G.H.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research Div, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Operational Research (Joint)
Abstract
A Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) programme at the Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre (CFEC) is currently investigating Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as components in an Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Architecture (IISRA). The operational requirement for UAVs is to contribute to the information and intelligence capabilities specified by the Canadian Forces’ Strategy 2020. Potentially, the UAV offers the attractive qualities of ease of deployment and broad military capabilities. Experimental UAV squadrons were assembled in order to support Exercise Robust Ram and OPERATION GRIZZLY. This research note describes the analysis of data collected in an improvised questionnaire completed by members of experimental UAV squadrons. The Experimentation Operational Research Team (EXORT) was tasked to analyse the surveys through their role as experiment designers and evaluators at CFEC. An important result is the null response rate, which supports the recommendation that future questionnaires receive a more attention at the design and collection phases. However, more interesting are the useful insights inferred within the survey results’ margin of error. Using a content-based analysis method, the experimental UAV squadrons indicated, in many different ways, dissatisfaction with the speed and reliability of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance network. These problems were compounded by the respondents’ misapprehension of t

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Keywords
Survey Content Analysis;Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E);Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR);Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAV);Military Exercises;Military Operations
Report Number
ORD-DOR(JOINT)-RN-2003-05 — Research Note
Date of publication
01 Sep 2003
Number of Pages
107
DSTKIM No
CA022988
CANDIS No
520035
Format(s):
Hardcopy;CD ROM

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