June 21, 2024

Drone Documentary Films at Pax Museum

Gen Deptula Pax MuseumThe exhibition hall at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, Maryland was filled with lights and camera equipment Tuesday as the Discovery Channel filmed an interview with Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula for an upcoming documentary about the future of unmanned warfare.

According to his official biography, Gen. Deptula is the first Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. As the Air Force’s Senior Official of the Intelligence Community he is directly responsible to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Gen. Deptula has significant experience in combat and leadership in several major joint contingency operations. He was the principal attack planner for the Desert Storm coalition air campaign in 1991. He has twice been a Joint Task Force Commander – in 1998/1999 for Operation Northern Watch during a period of renewed Iraqi aggression where he flew 82 combat missions, and for Operation Deep Freeze, supporting forces in Antarctica. In 2001, the general served as Director of the Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Enduring Freedom, where he orchestrated air operations over Afghanistan during the period of decisive combat. In 2005, he was the Joint Force Air Component Commander for Operation Unified Assistance, the South Asia tsunami relief effort, and in 2006 he was the standing Joint Force Air Component Commander for Pacific Command.

Source: Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

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