Two decades of swarming optimization research lay the groundwork for the development of physical swarming techniques.Read more
The AF concept of UAVs has centered on combat missions, leaving airlift as largely unexplored potential.Read more
This article starts a series discussing how to develop, train, and employ unmanned platforms in future aerial combat.Read more
Even though the originators of the drone did not envision the use of pilots to remotely control them the way we do today, there is a need to reshape the debate due to current rhetoric surrounding their use. The DoD and various intellectual leaders in policy and academia need to provide more nuance in what drones actually do in war and in non-war operations.Read more
The USAF and broader DOD must seriously examine the potential role for RPAs beyond the permissive battle-spaces they currently excel in. They have far more to offer than surveillance and precision strikes against undefended, soft targets.
By Mark Nexon