HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — At this year’s Counter-small Unmanned Aerial Systems symposium, military and industry leaders came together virtually Oct. 8, to discuss recent developments and challenges in the field of anti-drone technology.

Key topics at “Defending and Defeating” included an overview of the newly formed Joint C-sUAS Office, a detailed look at the future of base defense, and discussions of the technological advancements and challenges associated with C-sUAS.

In Jan. 2020, the Department of Defense established an Army-led Joint C-sUAS office dedicated to developing and implementing strategies to protect U.S. personnel, assets, and facilities from the threats posed by small UAS. Army Lt. Col. Matthew Jamison, JCO policy and integration branch chief, presented the JCO perspective.

“The commercial use of small UAS is just exploding, so the security environment is changing rapidly,” he said. “Our enemies are leveraging small unmanned aerial systems in order to achieve their objectives, so our efforts to align current and future counter-drone technology are absolutely critical.”

According to Jamison, the JCO is currently working on several priority deliverables to support C-sUAS. These include a DoD C-sUAS strategy, a report of initial joint C-sUAS operational capability requirements, and an operational assessment of currently fielded C-sUAS capabilities.

“The operational assessment of currently fielded C-sUAS capabilities is important because it addresses the immediate operational needs of currently deployed forces,” he said. “In the assessment, we made selection recommendation of these systems for future investment based on effectiveness, sustainment, usability, and integration.”