Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Washington State to Base Drones?

According to the Department of Defense Report to Congress on Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training, Operations, and Sustainability (April 2012), Washington State has three locations that have been designated as potential basing locations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) [i.e. drones] (p. 8 ff.).

The table below gives information on the types of drones that are proposed for basing at each location.

BASE Predator/Reaper type Shadow/Raven type Other
Yakima Training MQ-1B, MQ-9A RQ-7B
McChord AFB RQ-11B Wasp, Puma
Fort Lewis RQ-11B, RQ-7B

Recently, people in the city of Seattle worked to resist the attempt to use drones locally. What will people in the rest of Washington State react to the prospect of growing drone use?


  1. The prettiest shies you have seen are in Seattle. Mr Mayor, don't mess up our pretty skies with intrusive flying military pilotless aircraft. I understand you stand for trees and bikes, please add the sky to you list. What do you say?

  2. The TV ran a feature that said they are working on a Drone Base at Moses Lake, Surprise! the justification is JOBS. Dear Mr. Government, we need clean, green jobs, not Maxwell Smart Spy Jobs.

  3. There are drones flying all over the border, don't think they are mentioned in the report, but must be based somewhere close by.