Air Force Is Running Out Of Drone Pilots, Pays Private Contractors Way More
Air Force pilots with an expertise in drone operations are leaving the military to become private contractors because the pay is substantially better.
The Pentagon has added four more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) controlled by contractors since the Obama administration revamped its attempt to become offensive against the Islamic State in roughly the past year. There are plans to add six more drones to be flown by contractors in the next two or so years.
Officials at the Pentagon say a large portion of outsourced drone operators are being paid double or triple their military salaries, according to The New York Times.
While it is illegal for contractors to use drones as a weapon, they can use it for reconnaissance, the NYT reports. – READ MORE