Unmanned Aerial Systems: Air Force Should Take Additional Steps to Improve Aircrew Staffing and Support, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Document: "High demand and constant combat operations have created challenges for Air Force RPA [remotely piloted aircraft] pilots and sensor operators who conduct missions across the world. In January 2017, the Air Force approved a combat-to-dwell policy to better balance RPA units' time in combat with non-combat activities. It plans to fully implement the policy in 2024. Senate Report 115-262 included a provision that GAO [Government Accountability Office] review ongoing challenges in the Air Force RPA community. This report assesses, among other things, the extent to which the Air Force (1) met overall RPA pilot and sensor operator staffing targets and tracked its progress in implementing its combat-to-dwell policy and (2) identified and met instructor staffing levels at its RPA formal training unit. GAO analyzed selected Air Force accession, retention, and instructor staffing data; held non-generalizable focus groups at three RPA military bases; and interviewed officials at various levels of the RPA enterprise."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/