Monday, June 11, 2012

Too many drones, too few missions

An inspector general's report stings the Department of Homeland Security for having more drones than it can effectively handle. The Washington Times reports:
In a blunt assessment, investigators said Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine has a fleet of nine “unmanned aircraft systems” and is awaiting a 10th — though it doesn’t have enough ground support and doesn’t have a good plan for prioritizing missions.
The report says Customs and Border Protection added its eight and ninth drones last year, and expects to add a tenth sometime this year.

When CPB had seven drones, it reported they were based at Libby Army Airfield in Arizona, Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas.

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