Drones Are Controversial But Profitable For San Diego

By Alison St John

Veterans for Peace will demonstrate this afternoon near General Atomics in Poway. They are protesting the expanding use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles for both military and domestic surveillance.

Above: Since 2005, the federal government has awarded at least $12 billion in contracts for drones and drone supplies and maintenance. That includes at least $270 million for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s drone program.

“Lately,” said Vietnam vet Dave Patterson, “we’ve been hearing about how the Department of Homeland Security has been mixing with local law enforcement and using these drones to survey people’s private property. It’s sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back.”


Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.