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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

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 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

Drone Industry Worries About Privacy Backlash

Drone Base in Works for Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON -- It's a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans' everyday lives, performing countless useful functions. A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, s... more

General Atomics Eyes Gray Eagle Endurance Boost

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This article first appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology. While the U.S. Air Force was hustling over the past five years to field more Predator and Reaper unmanned air systems to support war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army was developing its Predator-based UAS in relative peace and quiet. Almost exactly five years ago,... more

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