“To be detected is to be targeted is to be killed.”
The Marine Corps has published a new SOP for mitigating the small unit signature under Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (UAS). The first section should sound awfully familiar to anyone who’s been in the Scout Course:
ALL unit SOPs and camouflage TTPs CONFORM to the following Camouflage Fundamentals:
1. DISPERSE into multiple small elements. This is the most important step. BE indistinguishable—unable to be identified as different—IOT avoid being targeted. ASSUME you are being watched. DISPERSE individuals, vehicles, and positions irregularly. DISPLACE often.
2. PICK a concealed site. CONFORM to terrain. FIND low dead ground and micro-terrain, behind hills, tucked against the shadows of buildings, or under trees. In the city, move inside a building.
3. OPERATE at night. Camouflage discipline includes light discipline. TRAIN in night operations, with NVGs, lasers,and camouflage ghillie blankets. OPERATE in rain, fog, wind, and dust when UAS cannot fly. OPERATE at dawn or dusk when shadows are long, sun glare is high, and thermal crossover masks your heat signature. KNOW the daily light levels.
4. CAMOUFLAGE people, positions, and equipment. BLEND with your background. Camouflage discipline includes light discipline, heat discipline, noise discipline, trash discipline, and movement discipline. Minimize lights. Mask engines,heaters, and generators. Silence all equipment. Leave NO trash behind, especially dunnage. Control convoy movements.
Again, it should sound familiar. If you’re planning on working either with a limited or no support network, then you should have this guide damn well near memorized. And if you’re not training on camoflage, concealment, quiet movement, tracking and countertracking, then you’re not training in small unit tactics. Period.