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Senate Committee Tells DoD to Standardize Drone Pilot Training

droneSenate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) have urged the Defense Department to establish a standardized training program for military unmanned aerial vehicle pilots.

The two senators told Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a letter published Wednesday that DoD needs to address drone training, standardization and manpower issues that have been observed by the Government Accountability Office during a recent evaluation.

McCain and Reed called for strategies “to ensure our combatant commanders get the highly trained and proficient operators of these systems they need to protect our warfighters and defeat our adversaries.”

GAO cited instructor and pilot shortage at the Air Force and Army as a reason why the military services’ drone pilots do not receive sufficient training.

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