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DoD Branches Team Up for UAS Training in Afghanistan; Ryan Wilkerson Comments

A researcher from the Air Force Research Laboratory collaborated with the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron in Afghanistan to help train airmen on how to operate and respond to unmanned aircraft systems on the battlefield.

The U.S. Air Force said Friday the move is part of Defense Department efforts to test new strategies on how to address potential threats related to the use of UAS platforms.

Ryan Wilkerson, a researcher at the 455th ESFS, said that the program will also help troops evaluate counter-UAS systems that arrive at the Bagram Air Field.

Troops from the 455th ESFS operated drones to practice piloting and study how potential adversaries may use the UAS systems.

Wilkerson noted that the troops deployed the drones to help prepare and train airmen on how to commence real-world operations that will involve UAS platforms.

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