Autonomous UAS: A Partial Solution to America's Future Airpower Needs
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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This research paper examines the role autonomous unmanned aerial systems UAS will play in the US Air Force USAF, along with the obstacles the USAF will face in their use and proliferation. To some, the idea of fully autonomous weapon systems making their own targeting and weapons employment decisions conjures up troubling images from movies like Terminator and I, Robot. The US military already uses some semi- and fully autonomous technology in both UAS and manned systems and, as UAS technology matures, will look to increase these systems autonomy.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Military Forces and Organizations