Drone pilots see war from a different vantage, and this takes a different toll.
Dave Blair writes on national security, network warfare, and remote combat airpower. He has flown the MQ-1B Predator, the AC-130U Gunship, and the MQ-9A Reaper in Iraq, Afghanistan, and on emerging fronts, and had the privilege of leading airmen in combat as an Evaluator Pilot in Air Force Special Operations Command. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and Undergraduate Pilot Training, and holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Doctorate in International Relations from Georgetown University.
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Dave Blair proposes a reassessment of the way we think about "drones" and why this categorization matters for U.S. security policy.