Shadow Platoons and Unmanned Systems: The US Army Aviation Force Multiplier

Brigadier General Kelly Thomas, US Army, is the Deputy Commanding General, Assistant Commandant, at the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence. In this keynote address from the UAV Summit 2010 produced by IDGA, he discusses a varied array of US Army Aviation developments. He also describes the full spectrum combat aviation brigade. He goes on to outline the US Army's Aviation Study II - recently released and aimed at addressing current operational needs and force structure. He discusses changing mission sets in a period that saw the US Army withdrawing from Iraq and escalating in Afghanistan. In addition, he delves into the rich UAV contributions provided by the US Army.