CIA Pressing for More Drones

Friday, 19 Oct 2012 09:56 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The CIA is pressing for an expansion of its fleet of drones to expand the capacity to strike in Pakistan, Yemen, and other emerging trouble spots. The expansion would be another step in the transformation of the spy agency into a paramilitary force, officials tell The Washington Post.

CIA Director David H. Petraeus is seeking White House approval to add 10 armed drones to the fleet that has averaged about 35 in recent years. In recent years, the CIA has become a key player in the targeting and killing of terrorism suspects, the Post reported.

The CIA’s proposal will have to undergo review by a number of officials including the president’s counter¬terrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, and officials from the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, according to the Post.

Regardless of the outcome, the CIA’s fleet does not approach the size of fleets controlled by branches of the military. The Air Force alone has nearly 250 drones, the Post reported.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ron Fournier: Obama Insults Americans by Playing Down Threats

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 19:48 PM

President Barack Obama is "insulting" the American people by trying to play down threats posed by terrorists and other c . . .

Paul Ryan: Obama Shares Blame for Rise of ISIS

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 19:20 PM

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift  . . .

Reports: Jihadists Steal Commercial Jets, Raise 9/11 Fears

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 18:46 PM

Jihadists reportedly have stolen several commercial jetliners in Libya, raising concerns with intelligence officials abo . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved