Drone pilots, like all other military aviation types, must train. They train in the United States, logically enough. They learn to operate their equipment first in terms of basic functions such as take-off, navigation and landing. Then they learn to operate the various sensors and systems which allow the drones to be effective as military weapons.
That should make sense even to some liberal twit who has never worn a uniform or had their tender pink body exposed to either hostile fire or desert sand fleas. But, we get this astonished report:
Drones Track Vehicles on Desert Roads
The vehicle is driving along the road. The drone tracks it. The operator gets practice and training. The vehicle is undisturbed and not endangered. Seems like a win-win, unless you work for the NYT.
Then obviously what is desired is that we spend a lot of bucks to buy a fleet of target vehicles, hire a bunch of drivers and then probably operate the fleet in a designated range training area.
Maybe it's just that I'm getting old. I could spend several days recounting stories to that reporter about targeting, tracking, simulated dive bombing and simply blowing the dust off of trucks, trains, cars, boats and shepherds around the world. No animals were harmed in the making of those fighter pilots.