Wednesday, January 14, 2009

12th Air Force Commander Says Air Force UAS Force is "All In"

"Next year, the US Air Force will procure more unmanned aircraft than manned aircraft," Air Force Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, commander of Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern), said Monday. The general explained how the Air Force has 85 percent of its UAS capability currently deployed in support of operations in Southwest Asia. The other 15 percent are stateside to train UAS pilots and for operational test and development.

Lt. Gen. Seip discussed the Air Force's unmanned aerial systems and pilot track, activities in Central, South America and the Caribbean, and A-10 Thunderbolt II wing cracking issues. Joining Gen. Seip on the roundtable were Sagar Pathak with, Chuck Simmins at America's North Shore Journal, David Axe with War is Boring, and Colin Clark of DoD Buzz.

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