Manned-Unmanned Aircraft Teaming: Taking Combat Airpower to the Next Level

July 10, 2018

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the latest installment in its Mitchell Institute Policy Papers series, “Manned-Unmanned Aircraft Teaming: Taking Combat Airpower to the Next Level,” by Mitchell’s Executive Director Douglas Birkey, Dean, Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret.), and Director of Research Maj Gen Lawrence Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.).

 

This latest policy paper examines the problem the US Air Force faces in addressing the current capacity gaps—particularly with its bomber and fighter force. The paper notes that as a result of advancements in autonomy, processing power, and collaborative information exchange, the US Air Force may soon be able to fly traditionally manned combat aircraft in partnership with unmanned partners.

 

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