Drones Fill the Troops Gap in Afghanistan

Mulrine, Anna
September 2008
U.S. News & World Report;9/15/2008, Vol. 145 Issue 6, p30
The article discusses how the use of drones in Afghanistan is filling the gap left by U.S. troop deaths. Manpower shortages have resulted in a demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which can be controlled remotely. Topics include a discussion regarding the Predator and Reaper drones, comments from the commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Group Col. Trey Turner regarding the Air Force's use of drones, and concern over civilian casualties.


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