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Increase Of Drone Flights In USA

From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:46:16 +0000
Archived: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:10:03 -0400
Subject: Increase Of Drone Flights In USA

The following citation is from Top Secret America, by Dana
Priest and William Arkin, Washington Post reporters. It is from
the chapter entitled One Nation, One Map, pages 115 - 117. I am
posting this information because I think it impacts the number
of ufo sightings that are reported.

The chapter documents the duties of the newly created Northern
Command, or NorthCom. This command center has taken over
domestic surveillance duties. NORAD still monitors the rest of
the world. NorthCom is located on the northern edge of the
Colorado Springs Municipal Airport in the old Space Command
building newly refurbished.

The citation is from a weekly briefing at NorthCom:

"At a briefing on national airspace, an FAA representative's
flat, pilotlike intonation telegraphed _routine exercise in
bureaucratic chair shuffling_, but to a more attentive ear,
something astounding was revealed: a dramatic increase in
unmanned aerial drones flying over the United States. The FAA
representative described new procedures for managing access to
American airspace, which is split into two categories-that owned
by the military and that owned by the FAA for civilian aviation.
Each entity needs permission to put anything in other's
airspace. An elaborate set of rules and procedures for managing
this potential conflict has evolved over time. As the use of
drones has dramatically expanded overseas-for surveillance,
targeted killings, and, recently, to transport supplies to
isolated outposts-the number of drones in U.S. airspace has
escalated, too.

Domestic use of military drones is mostly for training drone
operators and pilots, but the number are surprising: a printed
map of the United States pasted on a cubicle wall in an
operations egg (slang term given to a monitoring officer's desk
space) anticipated thirteen different kinds of military unmanned
aerial vehicles flying from ninety-four U.S. locations by 2016.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has its own Predator drones,
used for border surveillance; the Coast Guard has some to keep a
video eye on coastal waters; and NASA, together with other
research and development agencies, fly drones for imagery
collection and for trying out new advanced sensors, such as
those that detect people and equipment under heavy tree cover.

In May 2006, the FAA issued its first certificate of
authorization for the military to fly Predator-type drones in
U.S. civilian airspace in support of disaster response, an
authorization that came after the agency had been denied their
use, for safety reasons, in the aftermath of Katrina. That
certificate was followed by comparable drone authorizations for
Customs and Border Patrol and even limited authorization for
Arizona law enforcement authorities; the Maricopa County
sheriff's office even purchased its own drones after becoming
convinced that using them would ultimately be cheaper than
flying manned helicopters to asses accidents and hostage

The authors point out that so far none of the drones flying US
skies are armed and that there has been only one problem with a
rogue drone in August of 2010.

My own sightings of proto-type drones being tested in the skies
over southern Arizona is listed of a few different types. Some
as large as civilian pleasure aircraft. I am not surprised by
Peter Davenport's comments regarding an increase in reports to
his UFO reporting center.


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