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  • More Air Force drones are crashing than ever as mysterious new problems emerge

    01/20/2016 2:33:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | January 20 at 10:02 AM | Craig Whitlock
    Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in mishaps involving the Air Force's newest and most advanced "hunter-killer" drone, the Reaper, which has become the Pentagon's favored weapon for conducting surveillance and airstrikes against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other militant groups. The Reaper has been bedeviled by a rash of sudden electrical failures that have caused the 21/2-ton drone to lose power and drop from the sky, according to accident-investigation documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Investigators have traced the problem to a faulty starter-generator, but have been unable to pinpoint why it goes haywire or devise...
  • The Army Does It Differently

    12/24/2010 10:27:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 36 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/24/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army is now receiving UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) similar to those used by the air force, but flown under different conditions, by a quite different type of crew. While air force Predators and Reapers are flown by officers, assisted by sergeants operating sensors, the army operators are mostly sergeants, with some warrant officers. The air force operators control their UAVs via satellite link from a base in the United States. Only the ground crews go overseas. But army operators and ground crews not only go overseas, but are assigned to a specific brigade, which they are a part...
  • Gates Sends More Predators, Reapers To Centcom

    06/16/2008 3:57:27 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 6 replies · 2,419+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | June 16, 2008 | Amy Butler
    In the wake of the U.S. Air Force leadership shake up, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is directing the service to field six more Predator combat air patrols (CAPs), as well as more Reapers to support operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The order comes shortly after Gates’ first briefing from the new Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force June 6. He set up the task force in April, explaining during a speech at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., that getting warfighting support from institutional military — namely, the Air Force — was “like pulling teeth.” A lack of support for...
  • Reaper engineers sweep thousands of miles, conclude combat tour

    04/30/2008 5:42:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 106+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Nathaniel C. LeBlanc, USMC
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq — The battlefield of today is much different than in wars past with an enemy who prefers to cower in hiding and use his weapon of choice, the improvised explosive device; a diabolical tool of destruction, ominously waiting road-side to mangle unsuspecting Coalition vehicles. Combating this ever popular threat are the brave men conducting route clearance throughout Iraq such as the Marines of Reaper platoon, Company A, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 1. The Reapers deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in October of last year for a seven month tour supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom with Regimental...
  • Send 'Reapers' To Pakistan

    07/16/2007 6:24:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 904+ views
    IBD on Yahoo ^ | 7/16/07 | Editorial - Investor's Business Daily
    War On Terror: By killing government troops, tribal militants sheltering al-Qaida in Pakistan's badlands have torn up what was left of their bogus peace treaty. They don't deserve another break. Militants over the weekend unleashed several suicide-bomb attacks on Pakistani troops, killing nearly 100. They're on the offensive, and we still don't seem to have a plan other than to continue outsourcing the fight to Pakistan's beleaguered army. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley conceded that Islamabad's 10-month-old peace deal -- which withdrew troops from the border region and freed hundreds of terrorists -- provided al-Qaida with a safe haven in...