Advisors, leaders, and command leadership from the Security Force Assistance Command (SFAC) recently participated in a unique camouflage counter-UAS training challenge during the SFAC Forum at Fort Carson, Colorado. Teams were tasked with camouflaging a pair of military vehicles, and their efforts were evaluated based on the effectiveness of the camouflage from both aerial and ground perspectives, as well as the ease of moving the vehicles in and out of cover. An unmanned aircraft system was employed throughout the event to enhance the realism of the training.

The U.S. Army SFAC builds and sustains readiness by manning, training, and validating Total Army Security Force Assistance Brigades for employment by Combatant Commands.

Soldiers from SFAC placing camouflage on a military vehicle.
(U.S. Army photo by Capt. Aaron Blevins)


According to Army Techniques Publication(ATP) 3-01.81, Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Techniques, camouflage is an example of a passive defensive counter-UAS or counter-drone action. Passive measures increase soldier and equipment survivability by reducing the likelihood of detection and targeting of friendly assets and mitigating the potential effects of an air attack. The document further recommends that the closer a target resembles its background, the harder it is for threat UAVs to differentiate between them. Adhering to this fundamental principle of camouflage and concealment necessitates situational awareness, proficient camouflage and concealment skills, and identifying threat electromagnetic sensors.

Other passive defense measures include deception, dispersion, displacement, hardening, and protective construction.

Active defense measures involve a multi-step process that units and Soldiers undertake to detect, identify, decide, and potentially engage an unknown or threatening UAS. The faster these steps are executed, the more effective the response will be against the threat UAS. The primary active defense measures are detect, identify, decide, and defeat.

Camouflage is a vital survivability tactic in the age of drones in military warfare. Anything important must be camouflaged from the top, sides, and rear, including trenches, equipment, warehouses, and personnel.

Post Image Credit- U.S. Army photo by Capt. Aaron Blevins