The Defense Department wants to increase the number of unmanned U.S. military aircraft flights by 50 percent over the next four years in an effort to monitor trouble spots worldwide, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
Gordon Lubold writes the department plans to expand its intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance data-gathering activities in Iraq, Syria, South China Sea, North Africa and Ukraine.
DoD’s goal is to conduct up to 90 drone flights on a daily basis by 2019 and engage the U.S. Army, special operations command and defense industry in ISR missions, according to the Journal.
The U.S. Air Force carries out 60 unmanned ISR flights a day, the publication reports.
Some defense officials believe that integrating a wide-area surveillance pod technology onto military drones will increase the quantity of surveillance data feeds, the report said.