A Model for a Single Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Office Managing Joint ISR Capabilities
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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The purpose of this research paper is to answer how a single management office could provide greater agility for unmanned aircraft systems UAS supporting Joint concepts, Joint operations and Joint interoperability. Three Alternatives were selected, Status Quo with agile methodology implemented, Alternative Two is a single Service managing the medium to high-altitude UAS fleet, and Alternative Three is a new Unified Command. The problemsolution framework was used, along with mixed methods for the data research as it combines both quantitative and qualitative data to answer the problem. The criteria selected are key agile principles and were used to compare the alternatives against the current state to determine if using agile principles has advantages. Office consolidation savings are shown separately to compare the current state with managing the UAS fleet under a single office in Alternative Two and Three. Analysis showed that implementing the agile criteria would greatly improve efficiency in all three alternatives. The cost savings from office consolidation are significant enough to recommend portfolio management of the UAS fleet versus individual Service management. The Unified Command option, Alternative Three, has the additional benefits of streamlined acquisition, maintaining the warfighter perspective and meeting the challenges the UAS portfolio faces today as well as tomorrow. Therefore, this was the recommended option and the way to keep up with the growing demand for ISR and to stay ahead of our enemies.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics