Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Wax, Charles L.

Committee Member

Mylroie, John E.

Committee Member

Ambinakudige, Shrinidhi S.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geosciences


Route reconnaissance has been valuable for military commanders for centuries. Engineering forces are specifically tasked to gather route reconnaissance intelligence to present to the maneuver commander. US Army Engineers presently use a variety of highly technological methods to collect, process, and present this detailed route reconnaissance intelligence. This thesis examines and analyzes the capabilities of four reconnaissance groups. Using a matrix, each of the four units is ranked based on surveys of reconnaissance officers and on the personal experience of the author of this thesis. Results show that Unit 2 (FEST-M) is the most qualified unit to collect detailed geospatial route reconnaissance of the battlefield. The ARRK/TETK software system has helped this unit rise to the top over the other reconnaissance unit types analyzed. The need for geospatial route reconnaissance will continue to be a part of the modern day battlefield and will change constantly as technology is updated.