From the thesis abstract: "This study attempts to identify and explore the implications of executing the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) mission in an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) in 2015. To do this the thesis first explores the history of both the UCAV and the SEAD mission. Next, it discusses the three options being considered by the USAF to execute the 2015 SEAD mission: a space-based option, modernized manned aircraft with advanced weapons, and a UCAV. The author then analyzes the three options in their ability to effectively execute the SEAD mission based on fiscal cost, risk to human life, feasibility, and mission effectiveness. He then discusses other issues the USAF should consider before implementing the UCAV option. The study concludes by recommending the UCAV as the most effective SEAD option for 2015, with a few caveats."
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