Army General to Lead New Pentagon Unit to Counter Drone Strikes on the Battlefield

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February 11, 2020 | Originally published by Date Line: February 11 on

WASHINGTON — U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey will lead a new 60-person team for the Defense Department to develop new methods to counter drone strikes, which are increasing on the battlefields of the Middle East and Afghanistan, Pentagon officials announced earlier this week.

“The idea is to take all of the effort in terms of development and fielding and come up with three to five systems which are the best for counter-[unmanned aerial systems],” Ellen Lord, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, said Tuesday to reporters at a Defense Writers Group meeting.

Those systems are comprised of hardware — like radars — and software that can detect, access, and engage hostile drones, as well as the personnel who operate the system.