The CIA is building "a secret airstrip in the Arabian Peninsula so it can deploy armed drones over Yemen."
More on Yemen below.
On July 1, 2011, Aviation Week headlined "Drone War," saying:
"There is an unofficial but lethal drone war taking place over Pakistan, Yemen and Libya that has expanded the area of operation for U.S. forces beyond Iraq and Afghanistan, with no real acknowledgement from the government that anything extraordinary is happening."
"The undeclared conflict on these three fronts might be the first Drone War, and warfare has never seen anything like it."
The article asked if unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) increase the threshold for war in more places because logistics are simpler and US lives aren't at stake.
Using them also provides intelligence. Aircraft can stay airborne 24 hours. Multiple crews operate them. Offsite calm away from battle zones aids concentration, decision-making, and overall efficiency.
The Air Force Academy's class of 2011 was its first with graduates planning to specialize in drone operations. Army enlisted personnel do it along with trained pilots handling takeoffs and landings.
Unmanned platform killing is expanding. Targets include countries where technically America isn't at war. Victims and families know otherwise.
On June 14, 2011, the Los Angeles Times headlined, "CIA plans drone strike campaign in Yemen," saying:
Obama authorized escalated counterterrorism strikes against alleged Al Qaeda threats to America. A secret CIA regional base will target them. An unnamed US official was quoted, saying:
"There's no question that we're trying to look at a lot of different ways to make something happen in Yemen."
In March 2012, after returning from Yemen, Nation magazine contributor Jeremy Scahill headlined "Washington's War in Yemen Backfires," saying:
Washington is "doubling down on its use of air power and drones, which are swiftly becoming the primary focus of Washington's counterterrorism operations."