Does anyone really believe they aren't planning to have automated drones ASAP?
Right now drones suffer from a huge Achilles heel, the need for a satellite uplink and the associated:
* Interface Lag. It can take seconds for a command, even a simple one like a turn, to reach a drone via satellite relay -- and there's no way to overcome that lag without developing the ability to warp space and time.
* Vulnerability to enemy interference/remote takeover.
Remote piloted drones would get their asses kicked by piloted planes, no matter the numbers advantage and g-force handling abilities.
No doubt they already have fully automated/AI versions in at least the testing phase.