USA killer drone rampage to increase by 50%

The US military will increase the number of drone flights from the current 61 a day to as many as 90 by 2019 while expanding lethal strike capabilities.

The expanded drone program, operated mostly by the US Air Force, will allow for broadened surveillance and intelligence gathering from Ukraine and North Africa to Iraq and the South China Sea.

“We’ve seen a steady demand signal from all of our geographic combatant commanders to have more of this capability,” Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters at Pentagon.

The move would mark the most expansion within the drone program since 2011.

More than 5,000 people have been killed by US drone strikes since 2004, according to estimates by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The US government has not made public any casualty figures related to the secretive program.

The new plan would have the Air Force share drone flight duties with the US Army and Special Operations Command, as well as government contractors that would not have lethal strike capabilities.

By 2019, the Pentagon would like to have the Air Force fly 60 flights per day, the Army to contributing as many as 16, Special Operations Command would offer four, while contractors would fly as many as ten per day.

Currently, the Air Force flies 22 of its 61 daily flights for CIA intelligence gathering purposes, with the spy agency directing the flights with operation conducted by military personnel.

Via RT.