Innovative management in the DARPA high altitude endurance by Jeffrey A. Drezner

By Jeffrey A. Drezner

The U.S. military's improvement of Unmanned Aerial automobiles (UAVs) has been hampered by way of rate overruns, time table slippage, and disappointing operation effects. The excessive Altitude persistence UAV (HAE UAV) joint application, initiated below the course of the safeguard complex learn employer (DARPA), accommodates numerous leading edge components in its acquisition procedure that go away noticeably from conventional acquisition ways. The program's improvement part for the worldwide Hawk and DarkStar air vehiclesin analyzed during this examine.

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The Teledyne Ryan family of UAVs (or drones, or Remotely Piloted Vehicles, as they were then known) subsequently expanded to include high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) variants. A program known as Compass Arrow (AQM-91A) was pursued in the 1960s, resulting in an ultra-high-altitude (80,000 ft) surveillance aircraft that was, unfortunately, expensive. : RAND, MR-809-DARPA, pp. 1113. S. 5 The Compass Cope program, which followed Compass Arrow in the 1970s, was intended to develop a reconnaissance and signals intelligence (SIGINT) HALE UAV.

3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 1. 1. 2. 3. 1. 1. 2. 3. Common Ground Segment Agreement and Amendments: MDA972-96-C-0006 141 Page xiii Summary Improving acquisition policy, processes, and management requires the accumulation of experience from ongoing or recently completed projects, especially those involving unusual situations or innovative acquisition policies. This research contributes to that understanding through its close work with the DARPA High Altitude Endurance (HAE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program office, whose acquisition strategy represents a radical departure from normal Department of Defense (DoD) procedures.

The Tier III requirement for long-endurance reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition was left unsatisfied due to cost considerations. The Tier II+/Tier III HAE UAV program was initiated as a more cost-effective way to meet the requirement. Tier II+ is the conventional UAV known as Global Hawk; Tier III is the DarkStar low-observable UAV. A third element of the program, added after the program began, is the Common Ground Segment (CGS). The HAE UAV program was structured to address problems that had plagued past UAV development efforts.

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