A QF-4 Drone in flight as it is tracked by a missile at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Courtesy of U.S. Air Force
Right before the July 4 holiday, the U.S. government released its first official report on civilian casualties of America's long-running drone attacks on terror suspects in war zones across the globe.
The report estimates fewer than 120 civilians have died in errant strikes since 2009 – far fewer than many independent experts and humanitarian organizations cite. "There is no doubt,” President Barack Obama noted, “that civilians were killed that shouldn't have been."
Yet, drones are set to become even deadlier. The U.S. Air Force, the world's No. 1 drone operator, is developing cutting-edge technologies that look more like science fiction – and could make its warplanes far more lethal. Each pilot could ultimately control a squad of small drones, while large unmanned drones could take on more challenging missions.
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WNU Editor: David Axe always writes short and concise military posts that summarise and explain a topic that a lay-person can easily understand. This is post on the future of the U.S. Air Force is not an exception.