Air Force on guard for terrorist plots against domestic drone bases.Taliban and al-Qaida militants targeted by U.S. unmanned aircraft may attempt to retaliate against bases in Nevada and Arizona where the pilots remotely control the drones, said an Air Force official.
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But officials also fear that militants may seek revenge on U.S. forces by making direct attacks on bases located in the United States, where the operators fly the unmanned aerial vehicles
"We are taking very seriously in the United States the notion of insurgency teams coming surreptitiously sur·rep·ti·tious
1. Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means.
2. Acting with or marked by stealth. See Synonyms at secret. in the states and trying to attack our bases for just that reason," Eggers said at an Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference.
"We have defensive postures just for that reason," he added. The Air Force remotely flies UAVs such as the Predator B from Creech Air Force Base Creech Air Force Base (IATA: INS, ICAO: KINS) is a United States Air Force base in Indian Springs, Nevada, about 35 miles north of Las Vegas.
The host unit is the 432d Wing, which has six operational squadrons, one maintenance squadron, and six Reapers and , Nev., and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona. The 7,000 military and 1,600 civilian employees who work on the base are paid $199 million annually, and the base has an estimated $750 million economic impact on Tucson as a whole. , Ariz.
It's wrong to assume those who operate unpiloted drones are safe from retaliation, Eggers argued. "The crews are not necessarily safe right now. We are flying them in theater, [and] launching them from bases in theater that are getting rocket attacks, mortar attacks. And people on the bases are being hit," he said.