Lieutenant Colonel

Andre 

Haider 

Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Subject Matter Expert

Lieutenant Colonel Haider is an artillery officer by trade with over fifteen years’ experience in command & control and operational planning. He is the Joint Air Power Competence Centre’s (JAPCC) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Subject Matter Expert for almost ten years and represents the JAPCC in the NATO Joint Capability Group Unmanned Aircraft Systems (JCGUAS) and NATO Counter-UAS Working Group. He authored multiple studies and articles with regard to operational and legal issues of UAS.

Information provided is current as of December 2021

From the Author

NATO ISTAR

Establishing a NATO-owned Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance Capability
Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of a coalition, such as NATO, have always played a key role in the success of operations. Although often this is considered an invisible job, the data collection and [...]

Introduction

In recent decades, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been fielded in every military service, ranging from handheld micro-UAS to medium-sized tactical systems to full-grown Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). At the same time, the civilian market [...]

The Differences Between Unmanned Aircraft, Drones, Cruise Missiles and Hypersonic Vehicles

To define the impact of unmanned aerial systems on current and future NATO operations, it is very important to identify which kind or category of threats are included and which are not. This section will [...]

Unmanned Aircraft System Threat Vectors

The threat imposed by UAS is manifold as these systems come in various sizes, shapes and applications. This chapter outlines the broad range of threats which derive from UAS as well as the different environments [...]

The Vulnerabilities of Unmanned Aircraft System Components

Unmanned Aircraft share basically the same vulnerabilities as manned aircraft. However, it is not only the UA which can be subject to countermeasures. Each individual component of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has unique vulnerabilities [...]

A Methodology for Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The challenge of Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) has been recognized and taken seriously after incidents with commercially available drones showed that even small systems could project a viable threat to political leaders, critical infrastructure [...]

Education and Training

Education and Training (E&T) is an integral part of any armed forces’ ability to generate, maintain and strengthen their military capabilities, provide security and practise collective defence in the broader context of the NATO Alliance. [...]

Protection of Critical Infrastructure

The challenges in countering drones are faced in both war and peacetime. As discussed in the previous chapters of this book, the risks presented by drones have increasingly come into the civilian focus over recent [...]

Law Enforcement

Today, drones have become omnipresent and are widely used throughout society. Not only are they popular products for recreation, but they are also more and more used in the commercial sector. At present, the number [...]

Reshaping Close Support

A Future Vision of Close Joint Support Troops are in contact across a broad, disjointed front. Joint Fires Controllers (JFCs) and their assigned teams of Joint Fires Observers (JFOs) are in high demand and are [...]

A Comprehensive Approach to Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems

And Why Current Initiatives Fall Short
Over the last decades, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been fielded in every military service, ranging from handheld micro-UAS to medium-sized tactical systems to fully grown and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). At the same time, [...]

A Comprehensive Approach to Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems

And Why Current Initiatives Fall Short
Over the last decades, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been fielded in every military service, ranging from handheld micro-UAS to medium-sized tactical systems to fully grown and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). At the same time, [...]

Autonomous Weapon Systems in International Humanitarian Law

Errare Robotum Est
The number of unmanned systems in military inventories has grown rapidly and is still increasing throughout all domains. At the same time, the level of automation built into these unmanned systems has not only increased [...]

Future Unmanned System Technologies

Legal and Ethical Implications of Increasing Automation
The number of unmanned systems in NATO nations’ military inventories has grown rapidly and is still increasing throughout all domains. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) currently represent the largest share of those systems. At the same [...]

Contracting Civilians for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Operations

Blurring International Law’s Principle of Distinction?
Afghanistan, 21 February 2010, 5 a.m.: A convoy of three vehicles is travelling along dark mountain roads heading towards a special operations team tasked to capture insurgent forces suspected of operating in the area. A [...]

NATO / Multinational Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Unit

A Feasibility Study
NATO military commanders and Alliance Leaders have consistently identified gaps in NATO’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability and capacity including the entailed Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) processes. Exercises such as Unified Vision have begun [...]

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Integrating Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems into Non-Segregated Airspace
In recent years, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) have been the aviation industry’s most dynamic growth sector and this trend is expected to continue. Market studies estimate that worldwide spending on RPAS will nearly double [...]

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in Contested Environments

A Vulnerability Analysis
Over the past two decades, Remotely Piloted Aircraft System(s) (RPAS) have been fielded in increasing numbers across many nations and military services. RPAS provide distinctive capabilities for the Joint Force Commander (JFC) with reduced risk [...]

Machines Do Not Think!

The Contradiction with Autonomous Systems
“In three years, Cyberdyne will become the largest supplier of military computer systems. All stealth bombers are ­upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned. Afterwards, they fly with a perfect operational ­record. The Skynet Funding [...]

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