In a proposed plan released this week, the US Air Force says it wants to dramatically increase the scope of its drone program, the Los Angeles Times reports.
$3 BILLION PROPOSAL
If the $3 billion plan is approved by Congress, it would add 3,500 new pilots and other personnel, as well as add 75 “Reaper” drones to its forces, according to the Times. Flying squadrons would also be increased from eight to as many as 17. To house those operations, the Air Force is reportedly planning to move pilots to bases across the US, with about 400 to 500 pilots and crew at each base selected. (Currently, most operations are conducted from one site in Nevada, where more than 3,000 military personnel and civilians work.)