Lewis P wrote:
"Some people are seeing all this as an indication that unmanned aircraft aren't safe enough to fly in civil airspace. Another way of looking at it is that the pilots are the problem, and the sooner we get rid of them the better."
Of course, neither of these is the suitable analysis. The correct analysis is "the (US designed) control systems of US military unmanned aircraft are not safe enough for use by inadequately trained pilots (sic) when the vehicle is operated in civilian airspace."
Clearly, the muscle-bound, testosterone-dazed hooligans at the US DHS were so far more thrilled at using MIL-SPEC hardware to keep beady eyes on wetbacks, that they COMPLETELY overlooked the need to perform an adequate Safety Case to analyse the use of military systems for civilian purposes
Muppets - serves em right.
All other aspects around whether the Reaper Man-Machine Interface is adequately safe for the intended military purpose are secondary, in this case.