Ellen Lord: Pentagon to Form Counter-UAS Office

Ellen Lord
Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, said DoD plans to establish an Army-led office focused on counter-unmanned aerial systems, National Defense reported Tuesday.

“The thing that was really top of everybody's mind were counter-UAS,” she told reporters Tuesday. “We see that small UAS are becoming a more popular weapon of choice … [and] we need to be agile and pivot to that challenge.”

Lord, a three-time Wash100 Award winner, said the office will look at counter-UAS programs across the Pentagon and develop three to five platforms. She added that Robert Behler, director of operational test and evaluation at DoD, has a group that performs independent tests of deployed systems.

“Come April we will have that evaluation completed and written up. And that coincides [with] when we want to make some decisions about downselecting … to the three to five systems that would be utilized,” she said.

The proposed counter-drone office will be based in Arlington, Va., and will operate with about 60 personnel.

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