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dc.contributor.advisorO'Connell, Robert
dc.contributor.authorBessemer, William G.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:35:54Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:35:54Z
dc.date.issued2006-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/2666
dc.description.abstractThe Air Force is currently developing Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV). The UCAV is projected for initial testing by 2010. However, after reviewing the Office of Secretary of Defense's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap for 2005 2030en_US
dc.description.abstractobtaining squadrons of UCAVs will cost billions of dollars and require decades to produce. The United States cannot afford to wait decades for unmanned weapons. Technology is spreading fast. Third world countries without stable economies and non-state actors are able to obtain/develop sophisticated weapons that are capable of destroying tactical aircraft. With sophisticated weapons easily obtainable, the risk of losing people in air combat is increasing significantly and that in turn is creating a level playing field for potential U.S. adversaries. Unmanned weapons technology can help America retain its military edge. However, since unmanned warfare capability is still decades away and is a multi-billion dollar project, America needs a quick fix. This study will argue that the most effective way to decrease risk-of-life and budget costs is to introduce F-16 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) aircraft for combat. This thesis will answer the question: How can the government seize the unmanned aircraft advantages and decrease defense spending until the UCAV is operational? The answer to this question will illustrate how an effective F-16 UAS force can synchronize resources to properly complete UCAV development while instantly reducing risk of life.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/transitioningtou109452666
dc.format.extentxiv, 63 p. : ill. (some col.) ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsApproved for public release, distribution unlimiteden_US
dc.subject.lcshDrone aircraften_US
dc.subject.lcshArmored vehicles, Militaryen_US
dc.subject.lcshArmed Forcesen_US
dc.subject.lcshAppropriations and expendituresen_US
dc.titleTransitioning to Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehiclesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderSimons, Anna
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.).
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.identifier.oclc72727169
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S.en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineInformation Operationsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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