US Army to Create Cross-Functional Deep Sensing Team

The US Army will soon establish a cross-functional team to improve the country’s deep sensing capabilities.

Army Chief of Staff Randy George announced this during a recent defense forum, highlighting the growing need to develop ways to aid long-range fire targeting.

Deep sensing refers to the coordinated collection of data to support targeting, situational understanding, and decision-making.

It includes using high-altitude balloons with cutting-edge payloads and stratospheric drones to help the service see farther and better.

“It gets back to the sensors and how that’s going to look inside our formations, that’s what we’re working toward,” George told reporters.

He provided no specific details about the work but said more information will be revealed during its unveiling later this month at a symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.

Preparing Long-Range Capabilities

The US Army’s move comes as the service prepares to field new long-range capabilities to address modern threats.

In April 2023, the army deployed its first long-range hypersonic weapon in Florida for soldier feedback.

It also recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $219-million contract to deliver early operational capability Precision Strike Missiles.

With a range of over 400 kilometers (248 miles), the missile will replace the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) to provide longer-range strike capability.

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