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Federal Standards Keep Young Pilots from Manning Drones

In this Sept. 29, 2015 photo, University of North Dakota student Megan Halek stands in the lobby of the Grand Forks school's aviation department in Grand Forks, N.D. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Megan Halek could be the best unmanned aircraft pilot coming out of the University of North Dakota's highly regarded aviation program this year: She's aced a training program and has enough air experience to fly private jets worldwide. That won't be enough to land her dream job, flying the Predator drone for the U.S. Cust... more

US to Allow Export of Armed Military Drones

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is amending its regulations for weapons sales to allow the export of armed military drones to friendly nations and allies. The State Department said Tuesday the new policy would allow foreign governments that meet certain requirements -- and pledge not to use the unmanned aircraft illegally -- to buy the ... more

418 US Military Drones Crashed Since 2001

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More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in accidents around the world since 2001, according to an investigation by The Washington Post, highlighting the dangers posed by the technology. A key weapon in the war on terror, drones look set to become part of America's airspace. Thanks to a law passed in 2012, commercial and law enforc... more

US Navy Tests Anti-Mine Drones in Gulf Drills

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MANAMA, Bahrain - The U.S. Navy is putting underwater drones through wartime-style drills as part of international mine-clearing exercises in the Persian Gulf following similar maneuvers by Iran. The U.S.-led exercises, which began last week, include operations by the unmanned SeaFox devices, which are equipped with sonar and an explosive charg... more

Former CIA Leader Defends Drone Strikes, Torture

In this April 2, 2014, file photo, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years, a former CIA leader says in a new memoir that broadly defends the targeted killing of terrorists. When the U.S. closed 20 diplomatic facilities acro... more

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