Options for Enhancing the Department of Defense's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Programs.
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Defense spends about 600 million a year on various programs to develop unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs. Historically, however, the department has had trouble developing and fielding UAV systems. Currently, two UAVs have been deployed or are in production Pioneer and Predator, and three more are in development Outrider, Global Hawk, and Darkstar. This Congressional Budget Office CBO paper reviews the plans, requirements, and costs for the Department of Defenses UAV programs. It also examines five options intended either to address problems in those programs or to make greater use of UAVs potential as cheap, unmanned reconnaissance systems. The analysis was requested by the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. In keeping with CBOs mandate to provide objective and nonpartisan analysis, this paper makes no recommendations.
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