Brilliance in the Basics
By Major David C. Lemke, U.S. Marine Corps
Planning, employing, and supervising the delivery of combined arms has long been the stock-in-trade of Marine officers. To overcome the emerging dependence on tactical unmanned aerial systems (UASs) payload technology, greater emphasis ought to be placed on the fundamentals of manned and unmanned aviation integrations. Officers assigned to unmanned aerial vehicle squadrons (VMUs) will be more valuable to the Marine Corps if their units’ capabilities are combined with a broader understanding of combined-arms tactics, techniques, and procedures.