Filling the Airpower Vacuum
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Air Force faces strategic risk due to a shortage of fighter pilots and limited fifth-generation fighter procurement. This paper explores an option to provide a tactical force through an unmanned aerial system without adding to the fighter pilot requirement. The Air Force cancelled the next generation of unmanned aerial systems that would provide this capability. However, the Air Force can provide tactical capability at low cost by producing a MQ-16 from the QF-16 program. Such a program will allow the Air Force to develop long-term unmanned aerial systems technology while providing near-term capability to fill the gap created by the limited procurement of fifth-generation fighters.
- Pilotless Aircraft