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The U.S. Air Force acknowledged it’s expanding the number of drone surveillance missions flown by contractors in response to a chronic pilot shortage in the service. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh discussed the issue Monday during a “State of the Air Force” briefing with reporters at the Pentagon.

Chalk up another high-value militant killed by a U.S. drone strike. Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, the second-highest ranking member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, was killed Aug. 18 while traveling in a vehicle near Mosul in Iraq by a munition fired from an unmanned aircraft, according to a statement from the […]

The man who brought you the book on the V-22 Osprey helicopter-plane is out with another on the MQ-1 Predator drone. Richard Whittle, a fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and the author of “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey,” recently published his latest book, “Predator: The Secret […]

The U.S. military has turned to drones to help launch airstrikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq. The Defense Department acknowledged early on that aerial drones, known as remotely piloted aircraft in military speak, would be part of the effort to gather intelligence on and, if necessary, bomb militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

FARNBOROUGH, England — Drone-maker General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. unveiled an enhanced cockpit station featuring high-definition touch screens, a video game-like controller, and keyboard for chat and other messaging functions. The San Diego-based maker of the Predator family of military drones demonstrated the new ground control station to attendees and potential customers this week at […]