National Critical Intelligence Estimate – Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Professor of Practice, UAS – Cybersecurity Randall K. Nichols, DTM, Kansas State University Polytechnic, Salina KS


  • Executive Summary
  • C-UAS Overview
  • Key Indicators
    • Political
    • US Legislation
    • Economic
    • Military
  • Summary
  • Open Source
  • References

Executive Summary

  • UAS technology is a rapidly growing and dynamic industry
  • US aerospace and privacy laws have been slow to address the developments in this industry
  • There is a domestic and military need for the ability to prevent UAS intrusion AND the ability to deter the offending system, pilot, and command signals

C-UAS Counter Reconnaissance

  • Counter-reconnaissance seeks to undermine the threat’s ability to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance efforts
  • UAS plays a significant role in reconnaissance for both threat and friendly forces;
  • Thus, all counter-reconnaissance plans must account for UAS


UAS Electronic Warfare Operations

  • Electronic Warfare (EW) efforts are integrated through targeting and will occur at all echelons as applicable and must be synchronized

NCIE Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) in the US

National Critical Intelligence Estimate – KSU

The New Silk Road Impact To The United States

John Hood – Team Leader
Jay Shay – XO
Jordan McDonald
Candice Carter
Randall Mai
Approved by: Prof Randall Nichols


Background: Building the Belt and Road
 Overland Silk Route Risk Assessment
 Maritime Silk Route Risk Assessment
 Chinese Military Buildup to Support New Silk Road
 UAS/UAV Involvement in the New Silk Road
 US Involvement in the New Silk Road
 Risk Assessments, Countermeasures, and Challenges Facing the US
 Conclusions
 References

Background: Building the Belt and Road
 New Silk Road (NSR) China government coined the project ”The Belt and Road” (B&R)
 President Xi Jinping’s “Project of the Century” estimated $1.3 trillion by 2027
 B&R is at the core of China’s foreign policy strategy and was even added to the       Communist Party constitution in 2017

NCIE The New Silk Road Impact To The United States




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