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Air Force Wants to Decrease Manning for Its UAVs

Air Force Wants to Decrease Manning for Its UAVs

ORLANDO -- The Air Force wants to operate its fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles more efficiently, and is looking for ways to reduce the number of airmen needed to manage them while still getting better intelligence collection. “We’re going to change the game -- I am working with the whole of the Air Force to build a strategy and an architecture that gives us more ISR for less people, for less money,” said Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, the commander of Air Education and Training Command. It’s about “more situational awareness to be able to do more things...more efficiently,” Kwast said during a media roundtable here during the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium . During the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq when intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions were greatly needed for troops on the ground, drones such as MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers were the heavy...

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