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EXCLUSIVE: AS MORE TROOPS HEAD TO THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER, DRONES DESIGNED FOR WAR COULD BE GOING TOO

A month before President Donald Trump withdrew Patrick M. Shanahan’s nomination to be installed as the permanent defense secretary, the former Boeing executive approved a Homeland Security request that would seemingly pave the way for more U.S. military drones to hover above the skies of the southwest border.

Next week, Pentagon officials will tap up to 1,000 personnel and six helicopters to head to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Defense Department confirmed to Newsweek. Drones and reconnaissance planes could be going with them, documents obtained by this publication show, as the militarization of the southwest border continues to grow.

The troops and military hardware are expected to arrive at the border around August 15 to backfill the gap created six months ago, according to a Pentagon spokesman. On Friday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman also confirmed to Newsweek that the agency is expecting to receive the additional aerial support this month.

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The Second Drone Age

Finding oneself in the crosshairs of a military drone is, for most people, not the most comforting situation. Yet at an air show last fall, tens of thousands of people had a different reaction. A military drone took off from a runway, and moments later it began transmitting its view to a giant screen on stage. The video from the drone was clear enough to pick out your own face among the crowd. It was exactly what the drone?s pilot, seated in a trailer not far from the stage, was seeing. The crowd was in the crosshairs, and you could see the data about the aircraft?s pitch, roll, and altitude. In the bottom right corner of the screen, the words ?Bore Invalid? indicated the drone was currently unarmed.

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