The Government Accountability Office basically has just confirmed what the Air Force has been saying for years: Unmanned aerial vehicles should be under joint air operations control. Granted this new GAO report discusses the issue couched within the larger employment of all intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance assets. Basically, the report states that DOD’s current approach to the employment of its ISR assets, including UAVs, “hinders its ability to optimize the use of these assets.” GAO notes, too, that the lack of coordination between the joint air boss and tactical units flying small UAVs results in “duplicative taskings” and could “exacerbate” bandwidth problems. The Congressional watchdog says there is no mechanism for “DOD-wide advance coordination” for employment of UAVs and other ISR assets. And, GAO says that US Central Command has called such advance coordination “a critical factor” in the integration of UAVs into combat operations. DOD “generally concurred” with GAO’s recommendations. DOD may be poised to render limited executive agent status for UAVs to the Air Force.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…