Pentagon report lists 110 potential drone bases in the United States
Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Friday, June 15, 2012
If the fact that military drones are already being used in tandem with law enforcement in order to conduct warrantless surveillance on the American people wasn’t troubling enough, we now have a shocking list of 110 potential drone bases on U.S. soil.
Let’s not forget that drones have also been used to help carry out arrests and with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accelerating the integration of these unmanned crafts into our airspace and the drone industry boasting about their influence over “our” government, we can only expect more.
The newly released document (embedded below), which was originally reported on by Inside Defense, is a report to Congress which lists every one of the 110 potential sites as well as the model(s) of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), better known as drones, which will fly out of said site.
These bases span 39 out of 50 states as well as bases in Guam and Puerto Rico. The drones which will operate out of these sites range from the relatively tiny AeroVironment RQ-11B Raven to the considerably larger General Atomics MQ-1 Predator and beyond.
Indeed, many of the drones listed are far from the usual drones I would expect to see, such as the RQ-4 Block 10 Global Hawk, produced by Northrop Grumman, which is to be operated out of NAS (Naval Air Station) Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as the RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk to be operated out of Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.