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Pentagon Keyboard Jockeys Can Now Out-Decorate Combat Heroes

LtScrounge Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 9:55 PM
hundreds of yards from an exposed position to cover and then ran back across the open field to continue directing the air attacks. The Lt Col pilot was humbled by what he was told happened that day. How does operating a drone compare?

PARIS -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced last week that the Pentagon has created a new military award for keyboard cyber-warriors and drone joystick jockeys.

The Distinguished Warfare Medal will recognize those whose ability to incinerate a designated target from the comfort of an office chair wasn't prohibitively affected by a jumpy trigger finger on the joystick from a mid-shift java jolt. Or, as Panetta put it: "The medal provides distinct, department-wide recognition for the extraordinary achievements that directly impact on combat operations, but that do not involve acts of valor or physical risk that combat entails."

Given that this...