Air Force needs 600 more UAV pilots, sensor operators

The Defense Department is struggling to find enough people to operate its expanding fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles, and the Air Force in particular is suffering from the shortage, reports Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai at Wired's Danger Room blog.

An April 2012 report on the future of UAVs overseen by DOD chief weapons-buyer Frank Kendall, which was obtained by Inside Defense, revealed that the agency is not only short on analysts to sift through the voluminous data gathered from UAVs, but also that there simply aren't enough UAV pilots and sensor operators, the story said.

To address the problem, the Air Force will hire new outside instructors as well as jump-start two new educational initiatives, the story said.

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