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­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes


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Drone pilot

Royal Air Force Maj. Kevin Gambold monitors and pilots an MQ-1 Predator at Ali Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 10, 2008.

Credit: Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder/U.S. Air Force

The Pentagon doesn't have nearly enough people to operate its growing fleet of flying robots. Right now, the U.S. Air Force is short nearly 600 drone pilots and sensor operators. And that’s before the military carries out its plans to more than double its armada of remotely operated Reaper aircraft by 2015.

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