In June Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates fired Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne and the service's chief of staff, General T. Michael Mosley. The immediate cause was gross negligence concerning U.S. nuclear weapons, but it has been suggested that the deeper reason was Gates' sense that the Air Force had badly bungled the use of unmanned aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan. Somewhat earlier Gates had chided the Air Force for its unwillingness to drop "old ways of doing business," which he felt denied U.S. forces on the ground the support they needed.
World Naval Developments: Who Needs Pilots?
By Norman Friedman