Defense Department, tech

Air Force, Army leaders lay out joint UAS future

The Air Force and Army try to get their large UAS acts together with “Task 11”, a concept of how to go forward with unmanned aerial systems in both services.

The Army has been hot to get its own UASs dedicated to frontline units, to forward deploy them for both C4ISR missions and as potential supporting weapons platforms. The Air Force recently created a whole UAV pilot career track, as Air Force leaders see UAVs as a rapidly growing part of the Air Force mission–and are putting rated pilots in charge of them.

The new “concept” unifies how the Air Force and Army TRADOC look at UASs, which means that there should be a bit less confusion about whose Raptor or Predator is dropping what on who.

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