Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Pentagon's Drone Plans For The Next 25 Years In One Chart

(Department of Defense)
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The Next 25 Years In Military Drone Technology, In 1 Chart -- Washington Post

With so much attention being devoted to commercial drones these days, it's easy to forget that the military's long-term strategy for unmanned systems is still a work in progress. A lot of the funding for drone operations comes from the special budget for the war in Afghanistan — and as the drawdown begins, that money is going to dry up.

That's a big problem for the military. It now has to transform what was originally a stopgap solution into a sustainable function of the armed services. That process is also going to grant drones a more important place in combat, according to the latest revision to a 25-year roadmap the Pentagon released this week. Depending on the kind of drone we're talking about — unmanned aerial systems (UAS), unmanned ground systems (UGS) or unmanned maritime systems (UMS) — the Pentagon foresees an array of different problems that all need to be tackled over the next quarter century.

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My Comment: Talk ambitious being ambitious .... especially the last part .... "autonomous missions worldwide".

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