Report: Army Eyes Deactivation of 9 Long-Range Surveillance Groups

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soldier-equipment-c4isrThe U.S. Army looks to decommission nine long-range surveillance groups from active duty in 2016 as part of an effort to reorganize the armed forces, Stars and Stripes reported Friday.

Alex Horton writes the Defense Department could decide on the deactivation of three active-duty and six National Guard Long-Range Surveillance companies over the next two months.

Army spokesman Troy Rolan told the publication that commanders identified the nine long-range surveillance groups as low priority.

The LRS units consist of 15 teams with six crew members whose function is to monitor enemy movement and collect intelligence for commanders, Horton reports.

Rolan noted that approximately 882 soldiers serve in the nine remaining LRS units.

The report said LRS troops believe the move to deactivate the units will affect the readiness and battlefield-intelligence gathering efforts of the Army and will put heavy reliance on technology for monitoring needs.

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