Drone Attacks Target U.S. forces in Iraq & Syria. What the DoD is Doing

It’s the first time since World War II that the U.S. has not controlled the airspace. Our service men and women need 360 degree airspace awareness and protection with 3D perimeters vs. sliding behind a linear pile of dirt. (Courtesy of Fortem Technologies)
It’s the first time since World War II that the U.S. has not controlled the airspace. Our service men and women need 360 degree airspace awareness and protection with 3D perimeters vs. sliding behind a linear pile of dirt. (Courtesy of Fortem Technologies)

Guest OpEd by Timothy Bean, CEO & Co-Founder of Fortem Technologies

Already this year there have been over 25 reported rocket and drone attacks – with the latest including an attack on an Iraqi base housing US troops.

This particular strike was part of a string of attacks on facilities in Iraq and Syria housing U.S. forces.

The Thaereen Brigade, a militia group, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out with “booby-trapped drones,” – meaning the drones were the small, hobby-sized, and readily available types not developed for military use.

In April 2021, the Taliban attacked the Forward Operating Base Chapman, a classified US military installation in Afghanistan.

A second attack hit a water tower and a few rounds landed on the US base. The two attacks were followed by another in Kandahar near a NATO air base used by US troops who were on the ground supporting Afghan forces.

In addition to bases and mobile forces, a few weeks ago, a US military oil tanker was attacked by a drone.

It’s believed that this was a targeted and deliberate attack by Iran on the Israli-linked tanker located off Oman.

(A British security guard was among two crew members killed in what a UK source described as a suspected drone attack on an Israeli-linked oil tanker off Oman. Courtesy of Sky News and YouTube. Posted on Jul 30, 2021.)

These examples show a clear threat to US troops overseas – terrorist strikes using off the shelf, inexpensive, readily available drones.

It’s the first time since World War II that the U.S. has not controlled the airspace. Our service men and women need 360 degree airspace awareness and protection with 3D perimeters vs. sliding behind a linear pile of dirt.

The drone strike that hit Operating Base Chapman were reported to be rockets and large drones. The drone strike that hit in Kabul and the oil tanker were reported to be smaller drones.

This emerging drone threat has been referred to as “the Implemented Explosive Device (IED) of our generation,” and they’re terrifying.

The Department of Defense (DoD) is continually evaluating threats to the warfighter and to our national security.

In collaboration with industry, they test deep-tech solutions including artificial  intelligence and tiny sensors that detect, classify and capture unwanted drones.

Fortem Technologies, a defense contractor out of Utah, has developed a system to lock onto dangerous drones, capture them in a net, and bring them securely to the ground so neither civilians or communities are harmed.

These systems take down smaller drones, while systems using drogue nets disable larger drones and fixed wing aircraft, minimizing collateral damage in urban environments.

(See highlights from a SkyDome System test flight facility outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Courtesy of Fortem Technologies and YouTube.)

Advanced, customizable radar is designed to integrate with existing systems to address challenging requirements including variables in the environment such as rain, wind, rough terrain and high temperatures.

The radar and its AI system can anticipate vulnerabilities and alert personnel, cue defensive measures or launch a drone to autonomously neutralize the dangerous or malicious drones.

The DoD takes drone threats seriously, prioritizing the need for increased security against small drones and the terrorist groups who use them.

But the increase in frequency of small drone attacks adds pressure to implement counter-drone systems quickly and to consider the many vulnerable sites overseas and in the U.S. that require protection.

Congress needs to enable this effort and ensure that both regulatory and monetary support for these scenarios is adequate in order to keep our warfighters, diplomats and even the public at large, safer.

About the Author

Timothy Bean, CEO & Co-Founder of Fortem Technologies
Timothy Bean, CEO & Co-Founder of Fortem Technologies

Timothy Bean is the Chief Executive Officer of Fortem Technologies, and brings more than 25 years of global executive experience successfully building businesses and technology startups in Silicon Valley.

Tim currently oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Fortem Technologies, responsible for all aspects of sales, product and service creation, delivery and customer service support.

Before founding Fortem Technologies in May 2016, Tim transitioned from vice president of engineering at his previous company to sales, providing strategic oversight for all programs and services with global reseller partners in Japan and throughout the world.

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