Patrick Rogan has written some good stuff lately on the conventionalization of SOF (Special Operation Forces). Regardless of what profession or industry you’re in, it’s good to stop on occasion, and reflect on where things are headed.
As a private pilot and aviation hound, I can’t help but think about the changing role aviation will play in the future of SOF. Unmanned Drones are now common place, and serve a variety of missions, from Recce, Improvised Explosive Device detection, and a personal favorite, HVT assassination. I was reading from favorite general aviation magazine and it got me thinking about the future of SOF insertion platforms. In my lifetime I believe we will see unmanned cargo planes and passenger air travel. It just makes too much sense, and it’s more cost efficient. There’s no crew rest issues and theoretically one pilot could control multiple aircraft. It’s something to talk about that’s fore sure.
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