Strategy Page has an interesting blurb on the Army’s version of the Predator, known as the MQ-1C Sky Warrior. They also discuss the tension between the Army and the Air Force about operating armed drones, and what is the best means of providing support to the ground forces.
The air force is not happy about the army having a large force of armed UAVs. Many air force generals believe the army should not have the MQ-1C, or at least not use them with weapons. That has already caused some spats in the Pentagon over the issue, but a recent purge and reshuffle of the senior air force leadership, by the Secretary of Defense, makes it appear that the army will be left alone to build its new robotic air force. At least for the moment.
I have to say, I’m going to side with the Army on this one.