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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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JOINT FOCUS: Successful acquisition strategies for UAS cannot be based on a platform centric model.
This is a significant shift from most major USAF acquisition programs. Achieving platform or system
component stated requirements independent of how it integrates with Joint forces in the world wide
information network is counterproductive. Acquisition professionals must understand the full operating
architectures simultaneously supporting the users around the world. At any given moment, the UAS could
be sending information directly LOS to an individual soldier, while military intel analysts in the United
States are correlating it with other imagery to derive precise coordinates, and other analysts at separate
locations are watching for evidence of IED activity and high value individuals at the scene. Acquisition
“success” is not optimizing the platform for a single mission, or sequential missions, but optimizing how
the system integrates with the network. To do this UAS acquisition professionals must understand the
Joint operating environment. They must understand how the UAS shares information with other Service,
Joint, and Coalition systems and C2 infrastructure. Acquisition professionals must also understand the
anticipated capacity of the network. A technical datalink solution optimized for a USAF system that
conflicts with other Joint users may be grounded by the COCOM. This acquisition paradigm is applicable
to all groups of UAS.

There are numerous UAS initiatives underway in the USAF and in the DoD that are not integrated. These
initiatives are dependent on each other and need to be synchronized to achieve their intended capability.
This requires a master acquisition integrator. This has a significant impact on UAS acquisition strategy
which relies on the prioritization of these initiatives for success. Identifying dependencies and setting
acquisition priorities is critical to the success of the new UAS concept.

GOALS:

1. Deliver increased capabilities with reduced acquisition cycle times.

2. Reduce cost structure and measure outcome-based performance.

3. Drive strategic decisions that create the most value for customers and stakeholders.

4. Reinforce credibility with DoD and other services.

METHODOLOGY: Based on 4 Pillars

1. Master integrator of compelling well defined Joint requirements derived from Global CONOPS.
Employ leading-edge technologies that guide the development of future effects-based UAS
capabilities.

2. Rigorously apply innovative cost and performance management techniques that reduce cost
structure, and streamline acquisition processes.

3. Stable funding through better budgets and better value. Improved timeliness, accuracy and
relevance of financial information.

4. Incentivize industry through competition by maximizing the use of open architectures and the
development of common industry standards for UAS procurement.

UAS FLIGHT PLAN ACQUISITION SOLUTIONS:

Air Force UAS Flight Plan

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Objective: Focus ASC on all components of all types of UAS including SUAS and HAA for more effective
development and acquisition and fund additional manpower and resources to ensure success by 4QFY09
(test-bed for Life Cycle Management Excellence)
OPR: AFMC; OCR: SAF/AQ, HAF A1, and HAF A2 UAS TF

Currently UAS Acquisition is stove-piped by weapon systems. There are a number of issues for example
that are common to medium and large size UAS that would benefit from common coordinated
approaches. Some of these issues include datalinks, sense and avoid systems, and standard interfaces.

ASC will focus on full institutional integration of all UAS in the USAF and provide funding for additional
manpower and resources to ensure success. This includes aircraft, modular payloads, communications
infrastructure, and ground stations. The goal is to foster appropriate Joint UAS Acquisition with emphasis
on innovation, rapid acquisition and fielding. Ideally, the USAF will be recognized as a UAS acquisition
Center of Excellence, delivering Joint UAS Capabilities with best practices that can be exported across
DoD.

The USAF must employ leading-edge technologies that guide the development of UAS capabilities and
establish better communication with stakeholders and industry, and incentivize “fair and open”
competition. To this end, the USAF should conduct a rigorous NG UAS AoA process to determine the
best method of applying the evolutionary requirements identified in the UAS Roadmap. The USAF will
apply the most current CJCSI 3170 and DoDI 5000.02 guidance for UAS while adopting the acquisition
lessons learned and formalize as part of Develop & Sustain Warfighting Systems (D&SWS) efforts. In
order to incentivize fair and open competition in the process, the USAF will work with DoD and industry to
establish common standards. Further, USAF will ensure UAS capabilities are considered in every
acquisition or modification/derivative acquisition strategy.

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