Unmanned Aerial Systems and Military Airships: The Rise of U.S. Drones and Blimps

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Evan Jones (Editor)
Frank R. Thomas (Editor)

Series: Defense, Security and Strategies, American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: TEC025000

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) comprise a rapidly growing portion of the military budget, and have been a long-term interest of Congress. The use of UAS in conflicts such as Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, and humanitarian relief operations such as Haiti, revealed the advantages and disadvantages provided by unmanned aircraft. Long considered experimental in military operations, UAS are now making national headlines as they are used in ways normally reserved for manned aircraft. Conventional wisdom states that UAS offer two main advantages over manned aircraft: they are considered more cost-effective, and they minimize the risk to a pilot’s life. This book examines Congressional considerations of the proper pace, scope and management of DOD UAS procurement; investment priorities for UAS versus manned aircraft; UAS future roles and applications; legal, personnel and industrial base issues; and technology proliferation. (Imprint: Nova)

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Preface

U.S. Unmanned Aerial Systems
(Jeremiah Gertler, CRS)

Department of Defense Report to Congress on Addressing Challenges for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet – MQ-9 Reaper

U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet – MQ-1B Predator

U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet – RQ-4 Global Hawk

Statement of John R. Tierney, Chairman, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones: Unmanned Systems and the Future of War”

Statement of Peter Warren Singer, Ph.D., The Brookings Institution, before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones: Unmanned Systems and the Future of War”

Statement of Dr. Edward Barrett, U.S. Naval Academy, before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones: Unmanned Systems and the Future of War”

Testimony of Kenneth Anderson, Washington College of Law, American University, before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones: Unmanned Systems and the Future of War”

Statement of Michael S. Fagan, Chair, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones: Unmanned Systems and the Future of War”

Defense Acquisitions: DOD Could Achieve Greater Commonality and Efficiencies among Its Unmanned Aircraft Systems
(GAO)

Testimony of Dyke D. Weatherington, Unmanned Warfare Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones: Unmanned Systems and the Future of War”

Testimony of Kevin J. Wolf, U.S. Department of Commerce, before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones: Unmanned Systems and the Future of War”

Testimony of Michael W. Lewis, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones II: Examining the Legality of Unmanned Targeting”

Testimony of Mary Ellen O’Connell, University of Notre Dame, before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones II: Examining the Legality of Unmanned Targeting”

Testimony of William C. Banks, Syracuse University, before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Hearing on “Rise of the Drones II: Examining the Legality of Unmanned Targeting”

Recent Development Efforts for Military Airships
(CBO)

Index

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