Air Force can’t justify $9 billion budget for Reaper drones

Ask how many MQ-9 Reaper drones the US needs for pilot training, and the Air Force budget hawks charged with making that call have an exact figure at the ready: 52 unmanned aircraft, each at a sticker price north of $10 million and total operating cost upwards of $100 million over its lifetime. What sort of analysis did they preform to get at this specific number? According to recently released audit, none.

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