Accession Number : AD1015707


Title :   Leading the Development of Concepts of Operations for Next-Generation Remotely Piloted Aircraft


Descriptive Note : Journal Article - Embargoed Full-Text


Corporate Author : 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron Creech AFB United States


Personal Author(s) : Wilson,Curtis G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1015707.pdf


Report Date : 01 Jan 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 12


Abstract : The clear precursor to fundamental changes in tactics, technology, and community norms is the design of new concepts of operations (CONOPS). Developmentof a CONOPS is a low-cost activity, but it has the power to change the direction of an entire enterprise. The current CONOPS for medium-altitude remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in which the Air Force is deeply entrenched has driven budgets, manpower, requirements, and technological development fornearly two decades. To enable progression, the Air Force must reform its philosophy of how it procures RPA technology. Despite a fiscal environment that is prohibitive for development of an entirely new next-generation RPA system, the service canuse existing assets to realize a vast improvement in capability through changes in software architecture and digital data-linking of RPAs. An open-architecture RPA system can harness the natural rate of technological progression in industry and reverse the currently defunct RPA acquisition process, wherein new technology drives requirements, back to a state of requirements driving technological development. Only then can the Air Force resume its responsibility to lead industry in the development of RPA technology and break free of a sole-source paradigm.


Descriptors :   remotely piloted vehicles , air force , policies , military requirements , technology assessment , resources , policies


Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE