Category Archives: Pilots

U.S. military is seeking to improve troop concentration with “electroconvulsive therapy”

The Pentagon has begun experiments into improving human concentration by passing electric current through its soldiers’ brains. Drone pilots in particular could benefit from the biotechnology, given “attentiveness and recognition can deteriorate in as little as 20 minutes.” Several dozen … Continue reading

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Drone operator speaks out

What the public needs to understand is that the video provided by a drone is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited cloud and perfect light. This makes it incredibly … Continue reading

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RAF opens its doors to drone headquarters

Britain’s Royal Air Force opened its doors to Waddington, the U.K.’s drone headquarters, to journalists yesterday. Set in Lincolnshire, Waddington houses 13 Squadron, which pilots five Afghan-deployed Reapers. According to the BBC, “The RAF is keen to challenge any impression … Continue reading

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U.S. drone operator speaks out

Following a widely-publicized interview with Der Spiegel last year, GQ has a long article on the drone sensor operator, or “sensor”, Brandon Bryant. The interview is important since it helps debunk many of the common myths associated with drone warfare: … Continue reading

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Drone pilots experience same rates of mental health problems

A study by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center has found that pilots of drones experience mental health problems – such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD – at the same rates as pilots of manned aircraft. Although the report did not … Continue reading

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Pentagon creates medal for drone pilots and cyber warriors

As previously detailed on this site [here (with the UK equivalent here)], the U.S. military is keen to devise a medal that can be awarded for “war fighters” that do not set foot in battle. Rather, the proposed blue, red and white-ribboned Distinguished … Continue reading

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“Did we just kill a kid?!”: The Woes of a Drone Operator

Spiegel Online is currently running the story of Brandon Bryant, a drone operator of 6 years in the U.S. Air Force. Central to the story is an incident that took place in Afghanistan. From his Nevada “cockpit”, he launched a … Continue reading

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