Friday, December 27, 2013

Killer drones coming to a post near us

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM

The Combat Aviation Brigade being set up at Fort Carson apparently will also get drones used for killing people.
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According to Army Times, "The first two tactical battalions to incorporate the Gray Eagle have been fielded."

In that article, it mentions that "Company E is expected to be fully operational in the fall. It is expected to eventually be reflagged and moved to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo."

Why is this interesting? Because environmental studies surrounding Fort Carson's new Combat Aviation Brigade say the unit won't use drones, although there's been speculation that it's only a matter of time before they arrive here.

Back in March 2012, we reported that Not 1 More Acre!, a group based in Trinidad that opposes greater use of historic Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS), wrote in a 123-page comment letter that the Army plans to use "unmanned ground vehicles and aerial systems (drones) at PCMS, the impact of which hasn't been analyzed in the [environmental assessment]."

As we reported:
Kropp says those systems weren't analyzed, because they simply won't be used.

"This action doesn't include unmanned aerial or ground vehicles even though every other CAB has that," she says.

"If it's decided later they will have a [drone] company, they will have to do an EA or EIS to determine what the impacts are of that action, because it's determined to be a major action and it's not part of this action."


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