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Military Considers Scaling Back Drones

15 Feb 2013

Military Considers Scaling Back Drones

The AP writes, “As both a cost-cutting measure and nod to the wind down in Afghanistan, the Pentagon is considering reducing the steady drone buildup it has overseen in recent years. It’s the first time the Pentagon has openly considered drone reduction. Air Force leaders believe there may already be enough drones to meet the war needs of the future. And costs on unmanned aircrafts have skyrocketed—from $284 million in 2000 to $4 billion in the last fiscal year, making it a good cost-cutting area. The Pentagon now owns 7,500 drones, up from 200 in 2002.”

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