ORLANDO, Florida — The U.S. Air Force and Joint Coalition aren’t waiting for deadly drones used by the Islamic State to pop into the airspace and menace troops.
Airmen are actively on the hunt for them, said Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
“Purchasing a system that just defends a space … is more of an industrial age solution, and we need to go to the information age solution,” he told reporters during a media roundtable Thursday here at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium.
Silveria said forces in Syria and Iraq have seen drones “from quadcopters with little cameras up to [drones] with a wingspan of five, 10 feet.”
It’s “obvious” the ISIS drones are being used for “strike, [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance], command and control, propaganda,” he said. “As airmen … we’re going to take these on the same way we take on any system.”
Silveria said that means going after the leadership, logistics, finance and storage to “find how ISIS is training the pilots, where they’re storing the aircraft — not just wait until the thing shows up and then shoot it down.”
Recently, the Air Force highlighted a story about how a U.S. airman at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, spotted a piece of intel that led to warplanes bombing 11 sites in the Middle East where American military officials witnessed Islamic State militants manufacturing deadly drones.
“This is not a magic weapon that we can just watch and it’s killing everyone,” Silveria said of ISIS drones. “We have capability against it; we are having success against it, so we’re gonna translate that back into the requirements process so that they can look at what they need. And the success we’re having … is trying to look at all the elements” in intelligence gathering.
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