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  •  BDS - all US military drone pilots (3+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, IndieGuy, Sharoney

    are officers and fully trained airplane pilots so none of them is 20 years old. I have friends who were very senior department of defense officials and I know they are looking at allowing enlisted men and women to become drone pilots, but it has not yet happened. What we found out in Vietnam was that some of the best helicopter pilots were 19-20 and we put in place a helicopter pilot Warrant Officer program to give them that opportunity. You are right that exceptional eye hand coordination is often found in teenagers. However, I think the next crop of drone pilots will be mid level NCOs who have the maturity to be given the controls of an armed drone. Drones have become a very important part of our military, used mostly for surveillance, some times armed, but always keeping our men and women out of harms way. In places like the tribal areas of Pakistan there is no other way to locate the terrorists who are there.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 09:54:54 PM PST

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    •  Lies. And apologies for war crimes. (2+ / 0-)
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      You're getting close to HOS for me.  Naturally you say nothing about the civilians in CIA who are doing most of this.

      VClib, the big warmonger.

      •  Tim - I would be surprised if the CIA (2+ / 0-)
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        is using teenagers. That would be out of character for them, but I don't know so I made no comment about the CIA. I do know what the uniformed services are doing so I provided some information to BDS who thought the drone pilots were teenagers. Maybe BDS has some information and I could learn something as well.

        If someone agrees with President Obama and the Sec of Defense regarding the use of drones that is worth a donut? Really?

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 10:32:50 PM PST

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    •  There is no reason to deny the 20 year olds, men (0+ / 0-)

      or women to become drone pilots. The reaction times are a big deal, and will be a bigger deal as the drone technology grows to include interceptor  drones to shoot down the other sides' drones! Then younger pilot/operators are better suited for these missions with the challenges coming up.

      The younger quicker, (and in reaction time the women about 5 feet tall are the quickest of the quick) in reaction time and the gamers are at a premium. That is a little bit away, but the relevant part of this is the overwhelming majority of drones, over 99% are being used by the military and their intelligence services and the CIA has less than 1%.

      I believe a permanent war with drones or other stealth killer technology  is breaking our form of government, is making the fascination with earning $$$ billions and corruptly influencing politics to grow the service and the war mentality as the end all and be all which it is today. i Causing us a great harm and ultimately will get us  a massive blowback.  Drones are one aspect of predatory war with a parasitic form of capitalism encouraged that profits from war and uses it to further itself.

      How can it not?   That is embedded in this diary and those being wilfully obtuse, eyes fixed in place,
       fixed straight ahead and brooking no analysis that isn't jingoism and blind obedience don't even want to discuss it.  A la Ms #ID 76.

      If you think that you and a bunch of other people can just show up on Wall St, camp out and have any effect whatsoever.... well, you will be run off in 20 minutes., you will leave town having wasted your effort 6/18/11.

      by BeeDeeS on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 10:38:35 AM PST

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