The Army and Air Force have failed to collaborate on their unmanned aerial vehicle programs and "lack robust plans" for their rapidly growing UAV fleets, according to the government's watchdog agency.
The services' UAV programs moved ahead too fast to fully flesh out a game plan and coordinate efforts, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released March 26. Earlier in March, Michael Sullivan, GAO's acquisition director, told a House subcommittee that the Air Force and Army didn't talk to each other enough as they built their fleets.
The Defense Department's UAV inventory has skyrocketed from fewer than 50 UAVs in 2000 to more than 6,800 aircraft in October 2009. The Army had more than 4,300 UAVs in its inventory as of March, the majority of which are lightweight Raven models that are launched by hand.