August 27, 2020

Critical shortage: Overburdened drone pilots driven out of Air Force, GAO warns

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: The Washington Times

Journalist Mike Glenn

The pilots and sensor operators who fly America’s military drones have taken on a lion’s share of the Air Force aerial combat missions for more than 20 years.

Since the attacks of September 2001, the demands for remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) and their two-member crews have grown dramatically. The ability of the craft to linger for an extended period over hostile territory means they can provide critical intelligence and surveillance around the clock and direct bombs to the proper targets if needed.

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Authors

  • Paul Scharre

    Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army ...