Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems Survivability: A Defense-in-Depth Approach
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States
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Remotely piloted aerial systems RPAS are systems of systems. The Department of Defense has identified RPAS to take on dull, dirty, or dangerous combat missions. Political advantages with respect to lowering the threshold for the use of in terms of potential casualties, and military advantages, encourage rapid RPAS deployment. The explosion in RPAS interoperability development has outpaced system level survivability development, resulting in a vulnerable RPAS communication architecture. These vulnerabilities have strategic character, meaning that capabilities designed to attack these weaknesses create strategic, operational, and tactical effects. Obviously, potential enemies could turn weapons designed target these RPAS weaknesses against high value targets creating a deterrent effect.