Personnel shortages widen pool of UAV pilot candidates
You don’t have to join the Taliban to get on the wrong side of a UAV pilot: Suggesting that remotely operating an armed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle over Afghanistan from Creech AFB, Nev., is a suitable job for a video gamer will do the trick. “I hate the ‘X-Box generation’ comparison,” says Steve Smith, squadron leader of the Royal Air Force’s 39 Sqdn. “The Reaper is a real-size airplane flying in real airspace. Drafting the cook to fly it would be a disaster.” Yet drafting ...
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