Confessions of a Drone Operator
Todd Ward 10/28/2013 01:15:00 PM afghanistan , air force , brandon bryant , drone , drone operator , iraq , nevada , new mexico , post traumatic stress disorder , ptsd , war
Listen to the story of Brandon Bryant, who served as a drone operator in Nevada and New Mexico for five years. In the interview, he describes his role in drone attacks overseas and his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Though not physically in contact with his targets, the monitor on his screen provides sufficient stimulation to induce psychological effects similar to soldiers on the ground. Moreover, the temporal contiguity between his actions in the bunker and the consequences of his behavior depicted on the screen likely play a dominant role in his post-traumatic stress.