"Discussions are under way to see if Boeing Co.'s unmanned aerial vehicle program can be applied to homeland security," according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch."Boeing's unmanned program is mostly known for the combat applications being designed for U.S troops and the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar Future Combat Systems program. But Jim Albaugh, chief executive of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, said other uses could be found for the unmanned aerial vehicles, such as conducting border surveillance or detecting the release of deadly pathogens within the United States."As regular Defense Tech readers know, Boeing is one of two companies that's developing killer drones for the Pentagon. But those unmanned planes are still years away from being operational. The Homeland Security Department would likely be more interested in vehicles like the ScanEagle, a lightweight drone which recently set endurance records by completing a nearly 17-hour flight over Washington's Puget Sound.
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