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Death by a Thousand Cuts

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DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: MICRO-AIR VEHICLES IN THE SERVICE OF AIR FORCE MISSIONS by Arthur F. Huber II, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force July 2002 Occasional Paper No. 29 Center for Strategy and Technology Air War College Air University Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
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DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: MICRO-AIR VEHICLES IN THE SERVICE OF AIR FORCE MISSIONS Arthur F. Huber II, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force July 2002 The Occasional papers series was established by the Center for Strategy and Technology as a forum for research on topics that reflect long-term strategic thinking about technology and its implications for U.S. national security. Copies of No. 29 in this series are available from the Center for Strategy and Technology, Air War College, 325 Chennault Circle, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 36112. The fax number is (334) 953-6158; phone (334) 953-6460. Occasional Paper No. 29 Center for Strategy and Technology Air University Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 36112
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Contents Page Disclaimer…………………………………………………………….…...i Tables and Illustrations………………..………………………………….ii Preface and Acknowledgements…………………………………………iii Author…………………………………………………………………….iv Abstract……………………………………………………………………v I. Introduction…………………………………………………………….1 II. Why Micro Air Vehicles?………………………………….…………..3 III. The State of Micro-Air Vehicle Technologies…………………...…..13 IV. Micro Air Vehicle Support to USAF Functions…...………………..31 V. Summary and Concluding Thoughts…………………………………47 Notes……………………………………………………………………..51
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Disclaimer The views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the United States Government, or of the Air University Center for Strategy and Technology. i
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Tables and Illustrations Page Table 1. UAV Classifications, Characteristics, and Examples……….…..4 Figure 1. Comparison of Micro-Air Vehicle Flight Regime …………….5 Table 2. Baseline MAV Weight Distributions …………………………14 ii
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Preface and Acknowledgments What are the potential Air Force applications of emerging micro-air vehicle (MAV) systems and supporting technologies and what are the implications of this potential for the execution of military operations? These are the central questions that motivated the development of this research paper. As an Air War College (AWC) student in an elective class sponsored by the Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT), I was afforded the chance to delve into this area, one that I have been watching with interest for several years. I have found this area to be of personal and professional interest, because it harks back to the aerodynamics
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