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Air Force, Running Low on Drone Pilots, Turns to Contractors in Terror Fight |  The New York Times

Air Force, Running Low on Drone Pilots, Turns to Contractors in Terror Fight | The New York Times

The American military’s extensive use of drones against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups has resulted in a shortage of Air Force pilots and other personnel to operate the aircraft, leading the Pentagon to rely more on private contractors for reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Pentagon has used contractors to perform many duties traditionally carried out by uniformed personnel, like protecting military bases and feeding service members.

Source: Air Force, Running Low on Drone Pilots, Turns to Contractors in Terror Fight – The New York Times