Consolidating the Revolution: Optimizing the Potential of Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Fifteen years of dramatic growth in demand for the sensor and strike capabilities that remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) afford have left the Department of Defense (DOD) struggling to meet burgeoning mission demand. Despite efforts by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and military services to surge RPA capacity, their collective actions have been largely uncoordinated. This has yielded a disjointed enterprise where effectiveness and efficiency are not what they could have been, or can be.

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