Accession Number:

ADA555564

Title:

Logistics Aloft

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-02-17

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

Since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, Department of Defense DoD investment in unmanned aircraft systems UAS has exploded almost 700 to just under 4 billion per year in 2009. This expansion was caused by the successful application of UASs primarily in their role as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR platforms, but also as ISRstrike platforms, because these particular mission sets fit the capabilities of UASs. Going forward with these successes, DoD should assess potential future UAS missions by first determining what particular characteristics of the ISR and ISRstrike missions made them successful as UAS missions, and then determining what other missions fit these same characteristics. The author contends that emergency intra-theater logistical resupply and mission-critical, time-sensitive MCTS intra-theater logistical resupply are missions that fit ISR and ISRstrike mission characteristics. These missions require persistent, efficient, modular systems that are integrated into a pervasive battle space. UASs designed specifically as logistical delivery platforms with modular ISRstrike capabilities and long endurance should be developed to fulfill these missions.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE