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USAF Unmanned Aircraft System Plan 2009-2047

USAF Unmanned Aircraft System Plan 2009-2047

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United States Air Force Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Plan 2009-2047
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Objective: Review and provide product support and ILA policy guidance for future systems fielded through
the rapid acquisition process; publish interim guidance by 1QFY10.
OPR: SAF AQ OCR: HAF A4/7 and A3/5

ILAs are critical to ensuring effective and efficient product supportability for USAF equipment. Once
operational, system supportability and material availability results can be directly linked to the amount of
effort applied to conducting thorough ILAs throughout the acquisition process. Quoting from the
Independent Logistics Assessment Handbook published by AFMC/A4 in January 2006:

“The USAF’s ability to maximize joint warfighting effectiveness is predicated on establishing and
maintaining a foundation of logistics support throughout the system life cycle. To develop this logistics
support foundation and sustain essential Warfighter performance, the logistics workforce must sharpen
the focus on product support and sustainment planning and implementation, particularly in the early
acquisition phases. A solid product support strategy is built around the acquisition logistics requirements
and sustainment elements and is the result of continuous assessment and stakeholder collaboration.
Independent logistics assessments that encompass all programmatic aspects relevant to supportability,

logistics, and readiness are conducted to help accomplish these objectives.”

One of the important lessons learned from the acquisition of MQ-1 and RQ-4 directly from the ACTD
process has been that it led to the failure to fully plan for life cycle product support. This combined with
the fact that no assessments like ILA were available to highlight and help mitigate those risks adversely
impacted overall supportability of these two systems. Fortunately, material availability has been
maintained at acceptable levels due in large part to proactive Systems Program Office (SPO) leadership
and heavy Contract Logistics Support (CLS) expenditures. However, with foresight and increased
attention to acquisition logistics, future programs can be fielded in a more normalized and fiscally efficient
environment.

5.3 Bandwidth Requirement

Objective: New UAS programs coordinate their anticipated BLOS data and comm. link bandwidth
requirements with appropriate managers beginning FY09.

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OPR: AFRL OCR: AFSPACE

There is a need for a comprehensive requirements process that would identify the communication
requirements for all UAS systems. Classified special category systems do not have any visibility in the
SECRET SATCOM Data Base (SDB). Consequently when architecture studies or AoAs are done, these

demanding set of requirements are not considered. Hence results regarding “sizing” of future SATCOM

architectures/systems, and possible communication layer trades (e.g. SATCOM vs. Airborne Comm.
node) will be skewed and inadequate to address the entirety of the UAS system of systems
communications needs.

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