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Army Eyes Multicomponent Force Expansion for Aerial ISR Missions

soldier-equipment-c4isrThe U.S. Army wants to expand its multicomponent unit of active-duty and reserve pilots in an effort to address a demand for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Jen Judson writes the Army implemented a plan in October to integrate a mixed force into fixed-wing ISR exploitation battallions at two military bases in Georgia and Texas.

“There are still challenges in mixing units from other organizations but I think overall, across the branch, we’ve done a phenomenal job of deploying multicompo units,” Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy, commander of the Army Aviation Center, told Defense News.

The initiative took shape as a Congress-formed commission reviewed the Army’s force structure and explored new approaches for the military branch to leverage groups that comprise active and reserve troops, Judson noted.

The National Commission on the Future of the Army is scheduled to issue a report Thursday.

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