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Friday, March 06, 2015

The U.S. Air Force's drone problems have been a long time coming

MQ-9 ReaperThe U.S. Air Force's drone fleet is understaffed and overburdened, according to a report by The Daily Beast. But these issues are not nearly as new as the leaked memo might suggest.

Six years of official histories — which War Is Boring obtained via the Freedom of Information Act — show Air Combat Command has consistently struggled to find enough operators for its drone squadrons. ACC oversees the bulk of the Air Force's attack planes, fighters and aerial spies, including drones.

At the same time, the Pentagon's demands for the unmanned aircraft have only increased.

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