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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 Navy has released its latest round of video of F/A-18 Super Hornets launching from a U.S. carrier on missions to strike Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militant targets. The Super Hornets are launching from the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier operating in the Persian Gulf. Navy Super Hornets and Air Force MQ-1 Predators have […]

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 […]