Just as we are coming to grips with the shock of the possible indefinite detention for American Citizens from the FY 2012 NDAA, a new revelation is revealed in the “H.R. 4310: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013”.
On the surface everything seems to be pretty standard. However significantly spread out across section 4601 entitled “MILITARY CONSTRUCTION” budgets a total of 107.2 Million dollars to construct what is described as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Complex’s. It is unclear based on the FY 2012 budget whether construction on these complexes has begun, however it is clearly stated in the current working copy for 2013.
The FY 2013 budget as it stands now for the UAV complexes is as follows:
- Fort Campbell, Kentucky – 23 Million
- Fort Bragg – 26 Million
- Fort Hood, Tx- 22 Million
- Fort Stewart, Georgia – 24 Million
- Fort Riley, Kansas – 12.2 Million
The advertisement for construction of the complex has been confirmed for Fort Campbell which is the home to the 594th Transportation Company. The 594th currently trains with the RQ-11 Raven, which is an unmanned aerial vehicle that is about the same size as hobby RC airplane. The real difference is the capabilities of the RQ-11 which include high resolution imagery and GPS tracking.
I have not been able to confirm the advertisements for construction of the other complexes as of the writing of this article.
I have narrowed my primary speculations to three main theories.
Training- Since I have only confirmed the smaller type of the UAV training, it stands to reason that construction of these facilities would facilitate training locations for some of the larger UAV’s such as the RQ-5 Hunter, MQ-1C Grey Eagle, MQ-1 Predator and others that have not yet been disclosed.
Distributed Home Bases- Since there have been discussions relating to the ending of the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan there is the possibility that these complexes may serve as home bases for the UAV’s as they are returned to the US.
Homeland Security- I needed to keep this theory due to the secrecy relating to the federal governments actions relating to homeland security and its actions against US citizens CONUS.