In the event you were becoming concerned that the U. S. government might be backing away from its longstanding policy of endless violence, militarism and bloodshed, fear not. If we know one thing for sure, it’s that defense contractors and the military-intelligence-industrial complex must earn. And continue to earn it will.
So despite the Air Force having a hard time finding pilots for its drones, the Pentagon still plans to ramp up drone flights by 50% over the next four years.
We learn from the Wall Street Journal that:
The Pentagon plans to sharply expand the number of U. S. drone flights over the next four years, giving military commanders access to more intelligence and greater firepower to keep up with a sprouting number of global hot spots, a senior defense official said.
The plan to increase by 50% the number of daily drone flights would broaden surveillance and intelligence collection in such locales as Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, the South China Sea and North Africa, said the official, who provided exclusive details of the plan to The Wall Street Journal. It would be the first significant increase in the U. S. drone program since 2011, reflecting pressure on military efforts to address a cascading series of global crises.
While expanding surveillance, the Pentagon plan also grows the capacity for lethal airstrikes, the most controversial part of the U. S. drone program and its rapid growth under President Barack Obama . Strikes by unmanned aircraft have killed 3,000 people or more, based on estimates by nonpartisan groups.
This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Aug 17, 2015.