Revealed: Private firms at heart of US drone warfare

The overstretched US military has hired hundreds of private-sector contractors to the heart of its drone operations to analyse top-secret video feeds and help track suspected terrorist leaders, an investigation has found.

Contracts unearthed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveal a secretive industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars, placing a corporate workforce alongside uniformed personnel analysing intelligence from areas of interest.

  • Icebow

    Don’t think there’s an operational version of the X-47B yet.

  • canminuteman

    Armies have been hiring mercenaries since forever. Whether or not it is good/bad is a different discussion, but it isn’t new.

  • Minicapt

    It’s a Guardian ‘report’; sometimes they might be less than two decades behind.


  • FactsWillOut

    The private sector is more trustworthy than the government.

    • Alain

      I think also they would be less likely to hire Muslims to work in these areas.

  • simus1

    InterGalactic Convict & Aliens Transport rings a bell.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    We had private contractors (or officially private contractors) in Vietnam when I served there. This is old news. I wonder if Soldier of Fortune is still being published.