Military influence in police operations is not a phenomenon limited to the United States. A new partnership between the Italian police and the Italian Air Force will see Reaper and Predator drones, fresh from their service in Afghanistan, take to the skies over Rome and other major cities during major public demonstrations or soccer matches.
For the US Air Force, the dominance of drones has been bad news for some of the branch's most iconic aircraft. For the iconic U-2 "Dragon Lady," though, its manufacturer is fighting for the plane's future. Lockheed Martin is pushing the USAF to redevelop a trio of the high-flying jets so that they can be flown without a pilot in the cockpit.
America's use of drones in southeast Asia and the waters around China has been a bit of a contentious issue between the two countries, and now, it's starting to get really heated, as the People's Republic has successfully tested a drone-killing laser.
One of the most indelible marks left by US involvement in the war-torn Middle East is the use of drones. Specifically, we're talking about the notorious Predator and Reaper, two relatively small drones that are armed to the teeth with air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. While America's use of the drones is well known, one of its closest allies has announced plans to dispatch the armed UAV to combat the ISIS threat.