US military in dogfight over drones
By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington
Published: August 19 2007 21:40 | Last updated: August 19 2007 21:40
While Predator and Global Hawk drones cross the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan looking for insurgents or hunting for Osama bin Laden, thousands of kilometres away in Washington they have been dragged into a vicious turf battle.
Resurrecting tensions over US airpower that have lingered since the Korean war, the air force is pushing to become Òexecutive agentÓ for drones Ð unmanned aircraft Ð that fly above 3,500 feet. The army, navy and marines oppose the move, which would make the air force responsible for the acquisition and development of unmanned aerial vehicles such as the armyÕs Sky Warrior.
Anybody want to guess who will win this battle?