US Air Force Seeks $3 Billion Drone Program Expansion


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This, of course, wasn’t the first indication of the drone program’s death toll. Analysis conducted by human rights group Reprieve in 2014 found that in targeting only 41 men, 1,147 people were killed by US airstrikes.

But not only is the American drone war not winding down, it’s actually about to double in scope.

According to Gen. Herbert Carlisle, head of US Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, the US Air Force is about to double its number of drone squadrons, adding roughly 3,000 personnel to pilot and maintain new UAVs which would be stationed across the globe.

The plan calls for an expansion over the next five years, and while it still has to be approved by Congressional lawmakers, the proposal would cost taxpayers $3 billion.

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U.S. AIR FORCE SEEKS $3 BILLION DRONE PROGRAM EXPANSION


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The plan calls for an expansion over the next five years, and while it still has to be approved by Congressional lawmakers, the proposal would cost taxpayers $3 billion.

Carlisle says the plan is necessary because the Air Force is currently too busy running attack missions and is unable to meet the rising demand for surveillance missions.

“Right now, 100% of the time, when a MQ-1 or MQ-9 crew goes in, all they do is combat,” he said, according to the LA Times. “So we really have to build the capacity.”

U.S. Air Force Seeks $3 Billion Drone Program Expansion