In the Fiscal Year 2001 Defense Authorization Bill Congress sent a significant challenge to the services: "It shall be a goal of the Armed Forces to achieve the fielding of unmanned, remotely controlled technology such that (1) by 2010, one-third of the aircraft in the operational deep strike force aircraft fleet are unmanned; and (2) by 2015, one-third of the operational ground combat vehicles are unmanned" (H.R. 4025, sec. 220). A Senate amendment also contains a provision that would establish an initiative to promote the use of unmanned combat systems and technologies for the same goals. The bill "support[s] the need to strengthen ... efforts to exploit the significant potential of unmanned combat aircraft and ground vehicles to effectively accomplish many critical combat missions while avoiding risk to aircraft and ground vehicle crews."
Nobody Asked Me, But ... Why Rush Unmanned Combat Vehicles?
By Captain Kenneth G. Krech, U.S. Navy