Until recently, the USAF provided RPA airstrike statistics (also sometimes called UAVs or “drones”) on its public websites. But for some reason, as of a couple of weeks ago those figures seem to have been quietly scrubbed from existing public reports on AFCENT websites.
Archived web pages published as recently as 16 Feb 2013 contained the data. However, reports published on 7 Mar 2013 giving data for February omitted the data. Further, past reports seem to have been “scrubbed” on or about 22 February.
A DoD spokesman indicated DoD was “not involved in the decision” to remove the data. No word yet from AFCENT on whether or not they were responsible.
Gee – you don’t think it could have anything to do with the recent increase in publicity regarding RPA use, do you?