Drones/UAV’s are clearly useful in a number of rolls, but the old fashioned part of me still can’t conceive of a front line fighter that doesn’t have a pilot/aviator even if much of the aircraft is fly by wire/computer.
Will seventh generation fighters be space-capable? It’s worth thinking about because it would add another dimension to the calculus. Today, the aircraft can go higher than the pilot can tolerate (unless he/she is wearing a space suit). It would also give impetus to military bases on the Moon (buried deep within the regolith).
US Space Force Website (maybe your purpose on this planet isn’t on this planet)
Space Flag represents a fundamental pivot from viewing space as a benign environment to viewing space as a contested domain of warfare. This critical exercise provides an educational environment where our space warfighters are challenged to defend, fight, and win in space against a thinking adversary in potential future conflicts.