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No, not from The Onion, it's real: Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars

WASHINGTON (AP) — They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.

But the troops who launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized with the first new combat-related medal to be created in decades.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it well away from any combat zone.

"I've seen firsthand how modern tools, like remotely piloted platforms and cyber systems, have changed the way wars are fought," Panetta said. "And they've given our men and women the ability to engage the enemy and change the course of battle, even from afar."

The work they do "does contribute to the success of combat operations, particularly when they remove the enemy from the field of battle, even if those actions are physically removed from the fight," he said.

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I don't want to vote YOU down

but this sure needs "voted down."
These deserve to find their way to the bottoms of the same ponds and lakes as so many Viet Nam Vet's medals.

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Just about as worthwhile as

Just about as worthwhile as earning achievements in World of Warcraft, except the people you kill don't respawn.

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