A Thousand Would Not Be Enough

According to ACC chief Keys, the Air Force could not have too many Predator unmanned aerial vehicles. “If you had 1,000 of them, I don’t think you’d have enough,” said Keys. One thing that makes the Predator increasingly important is that it evolved from a purely intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance platform to an ISR plus strike capability, with the addition of Hellfire missiles. Keys believes that pairing UAVs with Guard and Reserve airmen is a perfect match, because so much of the UAV operation could be handled at their home stations.