There are many soldiers like The Pilot who are forced to get used to this new type of drone warfare. The seemingly more distant approach to war actually forces soldiers to experience the repercussions of their actions in a much more intimate way.
Brandon Bryant is a former drone pilot who is outspoken in his belief that drone strikes are dangerous for the operator. He works with Democracy Now as an anti-drone activist.
Bryant describes his first drone strike, “So we’re looking at this thing, these people, and it was like almost instantaneous that someone was like, 'Confirmed weapons. Here’s the nine line. You’re cleared. You’re cleared hot.' And we fire the missile. And the safety observer is counting down. He counts down to zero, and he says, 'Splash!'"