List Of Current and Planned US Drone Bases

 (Map included at link)

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We like to think of the drone war as something far away, fought in the deserts of Yemen or the mountains of Afghanistan. But we now know it’s closer than we thought. There are 64 drone bases on American soil. That includes 12 locations housing Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, which can be armed.

Public Intelligence, a non-profit that advocates for free access to information, released a map of military UAV activities in the United States on Tuesday. Assembled from military sources — especially this little-known June 2011 Air Force presentation (.pdf) – it is arguably the most comprehensive map so far of the spread of the Pentagon’s unmanned fleet. What exact missions are performed at those locations, however, is not clear. Some bases might be used as remote cockpits to control the robotic aircraft overseas, some for drone pilot training. Others may also serve as imagery analysis depots.

The medium-size Shadow is used in 22 bases, the smaller Raven in 20 and the miniature Wasp in 11. California and Texas lead the pack, with 10 and six sites, respectively, and there are also 22 planned locations for future bases. ”It is very likely that there are more domestic drone activities not included in the map, but it is designed to provide an approximate overview of the widespread nature of Department of Defense activities throughout the US,” Michael Haynes from Public Intelligence tells Danger Room.

The possibility of military drones (as well as those controlled by police departments and universities) flying over American skies have raised concerns among privacy activists. As the American Civil Liberties Union explained in its December 2011 report, the machines potentially could be used to spy on American citizens. The drones’ presence in our skies “threatens to eradicate existing practical limits on aerial monitoring and allow for pervasive surveillance, police fishing expeditions, and abusive use of these tools in a way that could eventually eliminate the privacy Americans have traditionally enjoyed in their movements and activities.”

As Danger Room reported last month, even military drones, which are prohibited from spying on Americans, may “accidentally” conduct such surveillance — and keep the data for months afterwards while they figure out what to do with it. The material they collect without a warrant, as scholar Steven Aftergood revealed, could then be used to open an investigation.

The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the U.S. military from operating on American soil, and there’s no evidence that drones have violated it so far.

This new map comes almost two months after the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) revealed another one, this time of public agencies – including police departments and universities – that have a permit issued by the Federal Aviation Agency to use UAVs in American airspace.

“It goes to show you how entrenched drones already are,” said Trevor Timm, an EFF activist, when asked about the new map. “It’s clear that the drone industry is expanding rapidly and this map is just another example of that. And if people are worried about military technology coming back and being sold in the US, this is just another example how drone technology is probably going to proliferate in the US very soon.”

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.

Privacy concerns aside, the biggest issue might be safety, as we were been reminded on Monday when a giant Navy drone crashed in Maryland.

Location Service Branch Types of UAS UAS Activities Status
Fort Lewis, WA Army, Special Operations Command Shadow, Wasp, Raven Current
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Future
Portland, OR Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Future
Arlington, OR Special Operations Command Scan Eagle Current
Limestone Hills Training Area, MT Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Current
Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND Air Force Global Hawk, Predator Future
Camp Ripley, MN Army Shadow Current
Beale Air Force Base, CA Air Force Global Hawk Current
Moffett Air Field, CA Army RMAX Future
Fort Ord, CA Army RMAX Future
Camp Roberts, CA Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Future
Simi Valley, CA Army Raven, Warrior, Puma-AE Current
Naval Air Station Point Mugu, CA Navy Global Hawk, BAMS Future
Camp Pendleton, CA Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Future
El Mirage, CA Army Wasp Current
Palmdale, CA Air Force Global Hawk Current
29 Palms, CA Marine Corps Shadow, Raven Current
Victorville, CA Army, Special Operations Command Raven, A160 Hummingbird Current
Fort Irwin, CA Army Unknown Current
Creech Air Force Base, NV Air Force Predator, Reaper Current
Dugway, UT Army Hunter, Shadow Current
Camp Williams, UT Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Future
Fort Huachuca, AZ Army Warrior Current
Cochise, AZ Army Hunter Current
Holloman Air Force Base, NM Army, Air Force Preadtor, Reaper Current
Cannon Air Force Base, NM Air Force Preadtor, Reaper Current
Santa Fe, NM Army Raven Current
Laguna, NM Army gMAV Current
Fort Carson, CO Army, Special Operations Command Shadow, Wasp, Raven Future
United States Air Force Academy, CO Air Force Viking 300, Scan Eagle Current
Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, CO Army Raven Current
Fort Riley, KS Army Shadow Current
Fort Worth, TX Army Raven Current
Hondo, TX Army, Navy Unknown Current
Longhorn, TX Army Unknown Current
Fort Hood, TX Army Hunter Current
Robert Gray Army Airfield, Fort Hood, TX Army Hunter Current
Camp Bullis, TX Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Current
Fort Polk, LA Army Raven Current
Woodworth, LA Army Unknown Current
Stennis Space Center, MS Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven, Puma-AE Current
Fort Campbell, KY Army, Special Operations Command Shadow, Wasp, Raven Current
Camp Shelby, MS Army Shadow Current
Redstone Arsenal, AL Army Shadow Current
Fort Benning, GA Army Shadow Current
Camp Atterbury, IN Special Operations Command Tiger Moth Current
Louisville, KY Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Future
Fort Knox, KY Army Shadow Current
Patriot, KY Special Operations Command Warrior, Raven, Puma-AE, Shadow Future
Kenova, WV Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Future
Robbins Air Force Base, GA Air Force Predator Future
Wright Army Airfield, Fort Stewart, GA Army Hunter Current
Evans, GA Army Shadow Current
Camp Blanding, FL Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Future
Choctaw, FL Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven. Puma-AE, Shadow Current
Hurlburt Field, FL Air Force Wasp, Raven Future
Eglin Air Force Base, FL Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Future
Key West, FL Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Current
Homestead, FL Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Current
Okeechobee, FL Army Raven Current
Fort A.P. Hill, VA Army RMAX Current
Blackstone Army Airfield, VA Army Shadow Current
Fort Indiantown Gap, PA Army Shadow Current
Fort Bragg, NC Army Raven Current
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC Special Operations Command, Marine Corps Shadow, Warrior, Raven Current
Fort Eustis, VA Army Vigilante Current
Naval Air Station Pax River, MD Navy Global Hawk, BAMS Current
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ Army Spyder Current
Fort Drum, NY Army, Air Force, Special Operations Command Predator, Shadow Future
Syracuse, NY Air Force Reaper Future
Griffiss Air Force Base, Oneida County, NY Special Operations Command Rascal Future
Mount Washington, NH Special Operations Command Wasp, Raven Current
Ladd Army Airfield, AK Army Shadow Current
Allen Army Airfield, AK Army Shadow Current
Fort Wainwright, AK Army Shadow, Raven Current
Bryant Army Heliport, Fort Richardson, AK Army Shadow Current
Fort Greely, AK Army Shadow Current
Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, HI Navy Raven Current
Wheeler Army Airfield, HI Army Shadow Current
Ellington Air Force Base, TX Air Force Predator, Global Hawk Future
Edwards Air Force Base, CA Air Force Unknown Current
Davis-Monathan Air Force Base, AZ Air Force Predator, Reaper Current
March Air Force Base, CA Air Force Predator Current
Southern California Logistics Airport, CA Air Force Predator Current
Nellis Air Force Base, NV Air Force Predator Current
Fargo, ND Air Force Predator Current
Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD Air Force Predator Future

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