Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's a Festivus Miracle!

Well Holy Heck, I truly live in remarkable times.

The Air Force will let enlisted personnel fly drones:

Air Force officials stated a dynamic threat environment calls for innovative approaches to high-demand missions. After careful consideration and with an eye toward potential future force needs, service officials plan to deliberately integrate the enlisted force into flying operations, starting with the RQ-4 Global Hawk.

This issue has been a self-inflicted wound for the Air Force which had seemed stubbornly committed to avoiding this simple measure to solve the burn-out problem of their officer corps drone pilots.

I guess I'm not fully in the miracle camp yet.

We shall see if the Air Force is truly committed to NCO pilots or whether this will be designed to set up these new drone pilots for failure.

Strategypage has background on this decision.