USAF’s intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance boss, Lt. Gen. David Deptula, said Friday at a Washington seminar that he understands why an Army division commander would want to keep the benefits of some high-flying unmanned aerial vehicles all to himself, but he said that approach helps ensure that such assets will always be in short supply. (Some military officials believe some UAVs should be viewed as extensions of the ground force.) Making a ground force division the owner of its own higher flying UAVs is like having five fire trucks and assigning each to protect one block. “That way, you only cover five blocks,” he said. The Air Force’s executive agent plan, he argued, is more like “letting the mayor decide” where the five fire engines are most needed so that the whole city gets covered.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic missile apparently fell short of expectations, but the AIr Force isn't saying how, reporting only that the test met "several of the objectives" of the test. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control recently said he company is "ready to go" to…