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Understanding the Promise of Skyborg and Low-Cost Attritable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

ARLINGTON, VA (October 1, 2020) — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, Understanding the Promise of Skyborg and Low-Cost Attritable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles by Mark Gunzinger, Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments at the Mitchell Institute, and Lukas Autenried, Senior Analyst at the Mitchell Institute. In the face of rising great power threats and a potential defense budget downturn, the U.S. Air Force must maintain high readiness and modernize an aircraft inventory that is both old and small. Procuring low-cost “attritable/reusable” UAVs with AI-enabled autonomy—in addition to high-end capabilities su

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