"Our goal is to increase the use of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones by at least 50% in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, and a bunch of other places. To be able to do this we need more drone pilots, and that is why we are releasing the video game American Drone Pilot on September 2 to the American public," stated Carter, who appeared excited for the game's release.
|Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter at the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea|
PHOTO: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Carter added, "Americans confirmed to be law-abiding citizens can download the game for free from the DoD website once we put it up there. All players must go through the Drone Operation Tutorial and successfully fly three test missions before doing it for real. "
"It's really a hoot. You can level-up whenever you get to a certain kill threshold and earn more powerful drone payloads. The drone pilots with the highest mission success rates will be rewarded with missions into active war zones," explained Carter.
The Pentagon announced it was "just working out some of the kinks" in the game related to "limiting discretionary use of drone payloads."