Will the Jointness Leave J-UCAS?

In a strange turn of events, given the continual Pentagon push for jointness, Congress has signaled a desire to see whether the Air Force and the Navy should each have “service unique” Joint Unmanned Combat System programs. Included in the 2006 defense appropriations measure is a demand for an independent study that would address whether there is sufficient difference in requirements “to merit separation.” Lawmakers also want the independent review to consider cost-saving options and evaluate USAF’s role as executive agent. It’s due by May 3.