Pentagon plans to increase military drone flights 50% by 2019
The Pentagon announced its intention to increase daily drone flights by 50%.
Currently the Pentagon administers about 61 flights per day. The increase has raised concerns regarding the future of air strikes. Most of the current flights are used for surveillance, and future additions will focus on surveilling parts of Ukraine and the South China Sea.
Currently, the majority of air strikes occur in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The CIA's top-secret drone program, which oversees the most clandestine and potentially dangerous of all US drone missions, won't be affected.
Facts about us drone programs:
Although the exact number of casualties is not known, drone strikes have killed an estimated 3,000 people.
The Predator combat drone can fly up to 25,000 feet for over 40 hours at a time.
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