Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Centralized Versus Decentralized: Unmanned Drones
Government Executive has a post on the management of drones. Turns out management of air space is problematic--when you call in an airstrike, you want everyone else (all drones and planes) out of the way. But years ago we refused to designate an overall manager of drones, so now there's problems in coordinating drone flights over Afghanistan. As a country we tend to believe in decentralization, which definitely has advantages in encouraging innovation and flexibility. But there's a time for centralization as well. Wisdom consists in figuring out when and where to use each tactic.