So the Air Force wants a drone that can still hit targets, but also is okay if lost in battle. In part, this is about a changing approach to war. The solicitation notes that aircraft are increasingly expensive, so the Air Force wants drones that “offer dramatic reductions in cost in order to bring 'mass' to the engagement, and achieve a cost imposing effect on future adversaries.” Which is to say: a good amount of drones that are cheap enough so that it finally becomes expensive to shoot them all down. The solicitation goes on to say that these drones will not be designed for the long haul. Traditionally, drones are designed like other Air Force aircraft, reliable and with a long life expectancy, but the Air Force wants to relax these requirements for a low-cost drone, to give them something useful at a much lower price point.