if you build it, they may come — US Airforce going robotic

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X-47 Pegasus UCAV: GlobalSecur.org

Sixth Generation Goes Robot

By Strategy Page, October 26, 2007

” The U.S. Air Force believes that its next generation fighter will not have a pilot on board. As is customary, development of the next generation fighter gets underway just as the latest (“fifth generation”) F-22 is entering service.

“UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) [see] are not particularly popular in the U.S. Air Force, but that is not the case in many other countries. Air force generals around the world see the unpiloted jet fighter as a way to break the monopoly the U.S. Air Force has had on air supremacy for the last sixty years. Most Americans don’t even think of this long domination of the air, but potential enemies of the United States are well aware of it, and that domination has a profound effect on how those nations do their military planning. In effect, if you think about going to war with the United States, you take for granted that American aircraft will control the skies above. Robotic jet fighters could change that. [emphasis by Newcomb] And this is forcing American air force generals to confront a very unsavory prospect; a sixth generation fighter that is flown by software, not a pilot. … ” (full article)

Article Source: Strategy Page

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Newcomb’s commentary: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Sun Tzu

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