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News from the Oklahoma National Guard

NEWS | March 13, 2024

Oklahoma National Guard Counter-UAS School trains with industry

By Cpl. Danielle Rayon, Oklahoma National Guard

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma National Guard, in collaboration with various industry partners from across the state, conducted a test of the cutting-edge capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Camp Gruber Training Center, Feb. 22, 2024.

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The budding program addresses the National Guard’s need to adapt to the ever-changing battlefield technologies, including the integration of artificial intelligence, countering the unmanned systems threat, and countless other emerging technologies.

This initiative aims to equip and train the OKNG alongside civilian aerospace industry experts and local partners to enhance mission readiness in aviation and aerospace technologies of the future.

“There’s so much aviation industry that’s coming to Oklahoma, if not already here,” said Brig. Gen. Colby Wyatt, director of the joint staff, Oklahoma National Guard. “It’s a matter of tapping into some of those industries and finding out what it is that they’re doing.”

The program provides a platform for collaboration between military, civilian and academic entities. Through initiatives like the counter-UAS and drone school, the OKNG seeks to enhance its readiness and capability to respond to both domestic and military contingencies in an ever-changing landscape.

“Being a former infantryman, they need to know how to survive on the battlefield with something like the new technologies that are coming out,” said Wyatt. “As we work on the minor things, we’re looking for solutions to counter and protect our Soldiers on the battlefield.”

The Oklahoma National Guard, in collaboration with various industry partners from across the state, conducted a test of the cutting-edge capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Camp Gruber Training Center, Feb. 22, 2024. The budding program addresses the National Guard’s need to adapt to the ever-changing battlefield technologies, including the integration of artificial intelligence, countering the unmanned systems threat, and countless other emerging technologies. This initiative aims to equip and train the OKNG alongside civilian aerospace industry experts and local partners to enhance mission readiness in aviation and aerospace technologies of the future. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)
SLIDESHOW | images | 240222-Z-IN656-1004 The Oklahoma National Guard, in collaboration with various industry partners from across the state, conducted a test of the cutting-edge capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Camp Gruber Training Center, Feb. 22, 2024. The budding program addresses the National Guard’s need to adapt to the ever-changing battlefield technologies, including the integration of artificial intelligence, countering the unmanned systems threat, and countless other emerging technologies. This initiative aims to equip and train the OKNG alongside civilian aerospace industry experts and local partners to enhance mission readiness in aviation and aerospace technologies of the future. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)
The Oklahoma National Guard, in collaboration with various industry partners from across the state, conducted a test of the cutting-edge capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Camp Gruber Training Center, Feb. 22, 2024. The budding program addresses the National Guard’s need to adapt to the ever-changing battlefield technologies, including the integration of artificial intelligence, countering the unmanned systems threat, and countless other emerging technologies. This initiative aims to equip and train the OKNG alongside civilian aerospace industry experts and local partners to enhance mission readiness in aviation and aerospace technologies of the future. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)
SLIDESHOW | images | 240222-Z-IN656-1006 The Oklahoma National Guard, in collaboration with various industry partners from across the state, conducted a test of the cutting-edge capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Camp Gruber Training Center, Feb. 22, 2024. The budding program addresses the National Guard’s need to adapt to the ever-changing battlefield technologies, including the integration of artificial intelligence, countering the unmanned systems threat, and countless other emerging technologies. This initiative aims to equip and train the OKNG alongside civilian aerospace industry experts and local partners to enhance mission readiness in aviation and aerospace technologies of the future. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)


The collaboration at CGTC included industry partners from the Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE), Oklahoma Aerospace and Aeronautics Commission, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E), and FutureG program.

“Oklahoma has a really rich aviation history, and we’ve got the academic and federal partners here that are leading that beyond-visual-line-of-sight capability and advanced air mobility testing environment,” said Col. Shane Riley, director of military support, Oklahoma National Guard. “They’re looking for those Soldier touchpoint resources to help develop that architecture out—and we, the Oklahoma National Guard, have those capabilities.”

According to Riley, the mission of the National Guard necessitates close coordination and relationship building to ensure preparedness for both natural disasters and potential future battlefields.

“Unique missions that the National Guard has is our domestic response capability,” said Riley. “And what we are seeing out there in the interagency environment today--police departments, fire departments, the power company--are all starting to use drones and unmanned systems to do critical functions.”

The dual mission of the Oklahoma National Guard includes supporting interagency response to serve the people of Oklahoma, and by collaborating with local civilian and academic agencies in this rapidly-evolving industry, the OKNG will enhance its readiness and capabilities to better respond in times of need.
Video by Staff Sgt. Reece Heck
Future of drone defense takes flight at inaugural Oklahoma National Guard Counter-UAS Symposium
Oklahoma National Guard
March 12, 2024 | 2:33
Future of drone defense takes flight at inaugural Oklahoma National Guard Counter-UAS Symposium at Oklahoma State University’s Hamm Institute for American Energy in Oklahoma City, March 12-13, 2024. The symposium addressed the evolving landscape of warfare and security challenges posed by UAS technology, including the integration of artificial intelligence, countering the UAS threat and countless other emerging advancements. (Oklahoma National Guard video by Staff Sgt. Reece Heck

CG: Information:
Jamey Jacob, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research & Education
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