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Droners Hackers Killers Valorized : A New Medal Honors Drone Pilots and Computer Experts

Found on the New York Times, via Cryptome [ http://cryptome.org/2013/02/droners-hackers-killers.htm ] :

By Thom Shanker; February 13, 2013

WASHINGTON — If drone pilots and computer experts had any doubts that they truly are central to the new way of combat, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta used his valedictory Pentagon news conference on Wednesday to make it clear: he established a new medal just for them.

The Distinguished Warfare Medal will provide “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,” Mr. Panetta said.

“I’ve seen firsthand how modern tools like remotely piloted platforms and cybersystems have changed the way wars are fought,” Mr. Panetta said, citing his tenure as director of the C.I.A. and his tour at the Pentagon. “And they’ve given our men and women the ability to engage the enemy and change the course of battle even from afar.”

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Pentagon officials said the medal would rank higher than the Bronze Star but below the Silver Star.

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