The real cost savings will come when we set up automated re-fueling and re-arming bases, and then a couple of automated production facilities.

US drone bases in Africa to focus on al-Qaida targets and Somalia: “A network of drone bases in east Africa, designed to carry out attacks on al-Qaida targets and for gathering intelligence, is being constructed by the US, according to American reports. One base is being set up in Ethiopia … Another installation has reopened in the Seychelles after a test ‘anti-piracy’ programme proved unmanned ‘hunter-killer’ craft could effectively patrol Somalia from there.”

A future for drones: Automated killing: They “hunt, identify and kill the enemy based on calculations made by software, not decisions made by humans.”

Well, as long as they aren’t racially profiling.