Manning the Next Unmanned Air Force: Developing RPA Pilots of the Future
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION WASHINGTON DC
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The successes of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom have resulted in Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft RPA, providing more strategic level effects than any other weapon system in the Air Force AF inventory. Besides regular use on the battlefield, these intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance ISR and strike aircraft are used as the weapon of choice for the White House to prosecute targets that are a risk to our national security primarily the Al Qaeda network. As a result, the AF has aggressively enhanced its RPA capabilities over the last few years, and is currently supporting 61 combat air patrols CAP that operate 24-hours per day, predominantly in Afghanistan, Yemen and the North Africa coast. This capability will continue to grow over the next few years due to a Secretary of Defense-directed requirement 65 daily patrols by mid-2014.
- Pilotless Aircraft
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