An anti-war drone tour took flight Thursday at Wright State University with calls to end U.S. military unmanned aircraft attacks overseas and a demand that a local congressman use industry campaign contributions to aid survivors of the strikes.
With a large replica of an armed MQ-9 Reaper as a backdrop inside Wright State’s Student Union, anti-war advocates condemned U.S. military drone missions and dismissed the industry as a potential boon for job creation in Ohio.
The anti-drone speakers highlighted the region’s key role in UAV development and operations. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base manages the Air Force’s drone acquisition and development and UAVs are controlled remotely overseas at the Springfield Air National Guard Base. The Miami Valley is home to numerous defense contractors and university research that contributes to the industry.
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