drone warrior

Fascinating article of one of America’s first drone warriors.

It’s a stressful job, nothing like the excitement (eustress) one experiences playing a video game. As a drone operator, you see friend and foe alike blown apart in stunning detail. You might be ordered to fire, even in situations where you know in advance non-combatants, including children, will be killed. There is a culture that discourages talking about it within the drone operator community, which probably isn’t a psychologically healthy response.

And speaking out against the program as someone who was an insider probably isn’t worth the trouble. You get demonized and receive death threats.

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