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Exercise Dynamic Front 18 simulates a new emerging threat:U.S. Army Capt. Craig Maybee was sitting at his house one day watching videos of drones when he had an idea. The military intelligence officer wondered if drones could be linked together just like the smart lights in his home — to operate as one element.
After many hours of research, Maybee found this type of high-tech capability is known as a drone swarm and there were many development programs for it.”I had very little knowledge of a drone swarm, but the more research I did, the more I realized it’s out there,” said Maybee. “I also saw how it was being developed and the more research I did, I found it was being tested to be weaponized.”With the research in mind and being the opposing forces (OPFOR) lead at the Joint Multinational Simulation Center here, Maybee and the JMSC team began to develop and implement simulated drone swarms in the 7th Army Training Command’s multinational training exercises like Dynamic Front 18. A mass of drones can be commanded and controlled through just one drone to create a high-fidelity 360 degree picture of what the user is trying to observe. Drone swarms can send and receive any kind of intelligence information they can pick up such as number of Soldiers in an area, equipment and movement.

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Exercise Dynamic Front 18 simulates a new emerging threat:U.S. Army Capt. Craig Maybee was sitting at his house one day watching videos of drones when he had an idea. The military intelligence officer wondered if drones could be linked together just like the smart lights in his home — to operate as one element. 
After many hours of research, Maybee found this type of high-tech capability is known as a drone swarm and there were many development programs for it.”I had very little knowledge of a drone swarm, but the more research I did, the more I realized it’s out there,” said Maybee. “I also saw how it was being developed and the more research I did, I found it was being tested to be weaponized.”With the research in mind and being the opposing forces (OPFOR) lead at the Joint Multinational Simulation Center here, Maybee and the JMSC team began to develop and implement simulated drone swarms in the 7th Army Training Command’s multinational training exercises like Dynamic Front 18. A mass of drones can be commanded and controlled through just one drone to create a high-fidelity 360 degree picture of what the user is trying to observe. Drone swarms can send and receive any kind of intelligence information they can pick up such as number of Soldiers in an area, equipment and movement.