Talking to my friend, a military expert, I learned that fighters with real pilots will be rare in the future. That most air battles will be fought with drones.  So instead of “the best pilots”, in the future what the air force will need, is amazing video game players to guide drones. Indeed use of drones is already common in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.  Now what surprised me was to find out that drone operators are suffering from more war stress syndrome than real pilots, a lot of it is from the thought of killing innocent people.  As bad as it sounds I think this is good news.  It shows humanity in them.  I think that pilots are stressed enough but when they kill they are also at risk, so maybe they have less remorse. Pilots are like toreros, they have the upper hand, but they can also die.  Drone operators are like toreros outside the arena.  They just zap the bull.

Personally I don’t share other people’s fascination with high tech war. I know there are bad people out there, Osama Bin Laden and others who want us dead and if they could they would nuke us.  But I also know that in the last 10 years we have lost the moral high ground that we had after 9-11, we have committed a lot of atrocities, and if anything there are more terrorists now than there were 10 years ago.  And as excited as some people may be with drones I think they make us in USA and EU look like terrorists. Moreover we armed Osama with Sting missiles and we suffer for it. These drones will sooner or later be used by Hamas, Hezbollah, and war will escalate much further.

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Dave Stone on November 14, 2010  · 

I seem to remember something on topic a while back… that stress was higher because the lifestyle is: wake up, drop kids of at school, go to work.. kill enemies, and head home for dinner when your shift ends.

vs being surrounded by war.

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Angeliito on November 16, 2010  · 

will be cheaper to hack the plane, to build the plane

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Jose on December 4, 2010  · 


Fighters(and commercial pilots) are going to be machines short medium term. Times change, just look at today’s and yesterday Spanish controllers strike, what controllers do today is going to be done by the planes themselves, but controllers don’t want to loose their privileges. Today machines are already automatizing a lot of controllers work.

Drones are the planes of the 60ths, the tanks of the early 20th century, ship cannons and the Gatling machine gun of the 19th, the metal ship of the US civil war, the roman empire steel, or the horse before that.

The US never had moral superiority over Iraqi or anyone people of the world, only for those that are used to in house propaganda and never meet those people they are supposed to teach. America has superior weapons and is going to use it for getting what they want like all empires had done before that. The excuses they use for doing so are just that, excuses.

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