The United States has a growing number of drone pilots, but the number of pilots who are flying drones in combat has been declining.
Drones are a tool that have allowed the military to operate far more effectively in a war environment, and that has enabled it to defeat insurgent groups such as the Islamic State group and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
They have also helped the military train new soldiers.
In the United States, drones are also used by the Department of Homeland Security, which trains and equips more than 500,000 local law enforcement and military officers in a number of fields, including counterterrorism, surveillance, border security, public safety and homeland security.
One of the challenges of fighting fires with drones is that they’re often mounted in low-flying aircraft.
The military’s current generation of drones, called Predator drones, have been in service for less than five years.
It’s not clear that they can match the speed, maneuverability and accuracy of their older cousins.
The United States uses drones to target al Qaeda militants and to conduct surveillance over terrorist bases and other terrorist sites.
But even though the United Nations Security Council is expected to vote on a resolution next week calling for an arms embargo on the sale of drones to governments, some experts say that the US government is not going to stop buying drones just because it fears that it will be targeted by the next round of sanctions.
“The next round is already underway, and the US is very much at risk of getting targeted by a future resolution that will be passed,” said Stephen Green, a senior research fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at the Brookings Institution.
Green said that even if the US Congress passes a resolution banning the sale to countries like China and Russia, the US will still have to comply with the ban.
“If we’re buying weapons from the Saudis and the UAE, we have to be complying with the [United Nations] embargo,” he said.
Green also said that while the drone industry has been making strides in recent years, it’s still in its infancy.
The industry is still in the early stages, and there is a long way to go before drones are widely used by law enforcement.
At the same time, drones could be used by other nations, particularly in times of crisis such as when wildfires threaten homes or schools, or when the US faces economic crises, he said, pointing to the recent wildfire in Colorado.
Aerial firefighting has become a staple of the military’s operations in the Middle East, where the US has been battling al Qaeda and other insurgent groups.
But there is still no way to know how effective drones are at dealing with fires in these places, Green said.
In Iraq, the Iraqi military is testing drones in an effort to fight fires.
In Afghanistan, the American military has been using drones in a campaign against al Qaeda, but there is no known evidence that the technology has helped.
In recent years the US military has taken an interest in the use of drones for surveillance and reconnaissance in remote areas.
But Green said that drone use is not without its challenges.
There are a number issues with the use, including a lack of coordination and accountability, he added.
Even in places like Yemen, which is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, the Pentagon has not banned the sale and use of aerial drones, Green noted.
“Drones have been used by our military in Yemen to fight the Houthi rebels in the past, and we are not in a position to say that they are the answer,” he told TIME.
“Drones also pose a threat to the security of civilians in Yemen.”