UAVs Need Doctrine & Tactics

Johnson, William H.
April 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Apr2003, Vol. 129 Issue 4, p37
Conference Proceeding
The most radical part of unmanned aerial vehicles is not the technology but the application and integration of the platforms into traditional Navy operations. Within naval aviation, UAVs appear to be considered new technology, not yet ready for fleet assimilation. Unmanned aerial vehicles represent a technological evolution based on established aeronautical principles. Aircraft, manned or not, fly according to the restrictions of physics. Doctrinally, however, UAV operations are alien to traditional aviation operations. Risks associated with bringing UAVs into the fray can be mitigated only by UAV employment.


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