In 2012, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh wondered aloud about what to do with MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft  when they returned from Afghanistan. “I don’t know what we’re going to do with them,” he mused at a press briefing. “Buying more right now might not make any sense.” Fast-forward to 2016: The Air Force, still under the leadership of Welsh, is in the midst of a full-scale effort to expand its remotely piloted ...


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