Launch the Puma!
In an era of constrained resources and increasing naval mission requirements, low-cost ultra-light unmanned aerial systems offer enormous capabilities to the surface fleet. The U.S. Navy is an
expeditionary force whose continued success depends on being always engaged, self-reliant, and adaptable.1 As Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said, the Navy must place warfighting first, operate forward, and be always ready.
The service must fulfill that mandate and dominate wherever it operates. To do that, it must exploit the infosphere smartly, swiftly, effectively, and affordably. The AeroVironment RQ-20A Puma AE (all environment) ultralight unmanned aerial system (UAS) does just that for surface combatants.