DETERMINING ELECTRONIC AND CYBER ATTACK RISK LEVEL FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT IN A CONTESTED ENVIRONMENT
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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During operations in a contested air environment, adversary electronic warfare EW and cyber-attack capability will pose a high level of risk to friendly operational objectives if they are highly dependent on unmanned aerial systems UAS mission completion. A UAS EWCyber Attack Risk Assessment Matrix is developed using Air Force risk management principles to assess the risk level of three different likely courses of action low, medium, or high dependence on UAS platforms for overall mission accomplishment. A medium dependence on UAS, considering the strengths, vulnerabilities, and employment of both manned and unmanned platforms, would most often be the preferred way of fully leveraging the abilities of both systems to give the best chance of accomplishing mission objectives. The risk matrix provided in the paper is a tool that can provide commanders insight into the EWCyber aspect UAS mission risk, but it should remain open-ended and flexible to allow for continuous assessment of a changing operational environment.
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