Skip to comments.US unmanned systems have more than budget problems to overcome
Posted on 02/03/2011 4:59:21 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Though most experts hold a grim outlook for the Pentagon's budget, the unmanned aerial vehicle community remains in a positive mindset - at least about funding.
Unmanned systems are competing well with other varied defence interests, says Dyke Weatherington, deputy director for the Pentagon's unmanned aircraft systems at the Association for Unmanned Vechicle Systems International's (AUVSI) 2011 Unmanned Systems Program Review 2 February in Washington DC.
But UAVs face other challenges in securing their permanent position in defence arsenals, Weatherington and a panel on the future of unmanned air programmes say, particularly perception problems.
As UAVs go up against large legacy programmes like the F-35 for funding, it is under the shadow of the perception that unmanned systems are only good for the counterinsurgency operations they are currently performing, says PW Singer, Brookings Institution fellow and author of Wired for War. "That is the problem of judging a technology by where it is starting rather than where it is headed," he says, citing early resistance to and assumptions about now-indispensible military kit as machine guns and tanks as similar cases. The perception could delay effective adoption of UAVs but is unlikely to ultimately prevent it, Singer says
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