An airman's perspective on the enlisted pilot proposal
from Foreign Policy
There’s been plenty of discussion about the growing disaster in the MQ-1/9 remotely piloted aircraft world. When a former Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force is openly admitting to Congress, "We’re at our wits end," you know he’s seriously asking for help. So when the Senate Armed Services Committee says, "Look at every option," the Air Force’s senior leaders looked — and became entranced with the idea of an enlisted pilot. With this topic, we could talk about any number of aspects academics and attorneys would be fascinated to debate — but there’s been way too much talking about the stakes by everyone except the stakeholders.
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