Defense Department Flying Drones From Three South Florida Locales
The U.S. Department of Defense is conducting drone operations from at least four sites in Florida, and it plans to add three more sites in the future, according to data gathered and released by the nonprofit Public Intelligence.
South Florida has three locations on the map: an Army base in Okeechobee; a Special Operations Command site in Homestead; and a Special Operations Command site in Key West.
Domestic proliferation isn't the same as domestic spying, however. Most -- if not all -- of these military bases would make poor surveillance centers. Many of the locations are isolated, far from civilian populations. Almost half of the bases on the map work only with the relatively small Raven and Shadow drones; their limited range and endurance make them imperfect spying tools, at best. It's safe to assume that most of the bases are just used for military training.
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