Despite Global Blowback, US Military Demanding Bigger, Badder Drone War

Less than a month after a group of U.S. Air Force whistleblowers spoke out against “the devastating effects the drone program has overseas and at home,” the branch announced its desire for a vast expansion of the drone war.

The Air Force announced its recommendations, which include doubling the number of drone pilots, Thursday.

Reporting on the development Friday for the Tribune News Service, W.J. Hennigan writes that it’s a “$3 billion plan, which must be approved by Congress,” and that it “comes as the Pentagon has intensified airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.”

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