Podcast: Smart drones, disgruntled pilots

August 4, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Joseph Trevithick

Drones linger over battlefields all over the world, and over places that don’t realize that they’re battlefields until the Hellfire missiles strike.

Even though people tend to think of drones as offensive weapons, they’re mostly used for observation – giving controllers a view of a target 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in a way that satellites, which pass overhead at set intervals, can’t.

So, what kind of drones are in use by the U.S. government? Who controls them and what can they do? And what will they be able to do in the future? In this week’s War College podcast, we look for some answers.

Subscribe to the War College podcast on iTunes

Listen on SoundCloud

For more on this subject, check out:

Air Force drone crews got so demoralized that they booed their commander

Piloting drones is the worst job in the military

Our drone wars are just beginning


We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

Way to be another reactionary nutjob. To begin with, UAVs and RPAVs are not “drones”. Or, if they’re to be considered drones, then so should standard commercial aircraft as both require a pilot at some point in their flight and both can be placed on “autopilot” to enable them to use an onboard computer to navigate from waypoint to waypoint.

Posted by opticsnake | Report as abusive

You are judging the merits of the article by semantics? Really?

Posted by Pile_of_Sticks | Report as abusive