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Expendable Remotely Piloted Vehicles for Strategic Offensive Airpower Roles

By Major Dennis Larm, USAF

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Reproduction Date: 10/22/2012

Title: Expendable Remotely Piloted Vehicles for Strategic Offensive Airpower Roles  
Author: Major Dennis Larm, USAF
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Unmanned Aircrafts
Collections: Technology, Business Strategy, Critical Thinking, Science Fiction Collection, Logic, Military Science, Authors Community, Naval Science, Literature, History, Social Sciences
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Publisher: Air University Press
Member Page: Air University Press


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Dennis Larm, Usa, B. M. (n.d.). Expendable Remotely Piloted Vehicles for Strategic Offensive Airpower Roles. Retrieved from

This study analyzes the concept of using expendable remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) for strategic offensive airpower. The author first outlines the historical base of the larger category of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The assessment of this background is that limited UAV development is primarily due to circumstantial historical events, including lack of user support, as opposed to techno-logical restraints. Second, the author addresses strategic offensive airpower. Airpower provides unique advantages to a strategic offensive force. Finally, the author presents a notional scenario involving conceptual expendable RPVs. This scenario provides one theoretical example as to how future forces could employ and control RPVs in a strategic attack. The overall purpose of this paper is to not only highlight the author’s concept of future unmanned aircraft but to also encourage pursuit into all areas that may possess the potential to advance airpower.

Table of Contents
1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . 1 Notes . . . . . 6 2 HISTORY AND BACKGROUND . . . . 9 Notes . . . . .21 3 STRATEGIC OFFENSIVE AIRPOWER . . . .25 Notes . . . . .35 4 MERITS OF EXPENDABILITY . . . . .39 Notes . . . . .59 5 FUTURE NOTIONAL SCENARIO . . . . .63 Notes . . . . .67 6 CONCLUSION . . . .69 Notes . . . . .71


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