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Friday, December 9, 2011

Navy sees spying, not flying, future with drones

ABOARD THE USS HARRY S TRUMAN — The Navy lags well behind the Air Force in the development of armed drones — the unmanned aircraft now used increasingly in Iraq and Afghanistan — insisting that its "Top Gun" fighter pilots are still smarter, better and more flexible in combat.

But the contrasting visions for the next generation of America's air arsenal point to wider debates within the military about the pace of incorporating remote-control technology into future battle strategies.

It also touches on differences in military cultures — with the Navy coming under criticism for its apparent resistance to substitute fighter pilot training and instincts with aircraft guided by operators who can be thousands of miles away.

Navy sees spying, not flying, future with drones

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