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US government wasting plenty of money on drones, with little oversight

The US government is spending plenty on drones, even if they don't really have a plan for drones
By: Michael Hatamoto | Drones News | Posted: Mar 27, 2015 7:05 am

The US government and military are spending large amounts of money for drones, maintenance, and drone flights - and not all of it is being done with proper oversight.




The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) racked up almost $600,000 to purchase six drones, but none of them actually saw any real flight time. There were too many technical issues regarding flight time and maneuverability, according to a federal report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).


The ATF decided to just scrap its drone program altogether because of the logistical headaches, and a short time later, the National Response Team - an ATF unit - invested $15,000 in five small drones - with no proper oversight. Not only did the National Response Team neglect to get ATF approval, the small unit never bothered to gain approval for a drone flight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


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