Today’s wars dominated the Fiscal 2011 U.S. defense budget, released in February. After last year’s cuts to weapons deemed “exquisite,” like the F-22, the latest budget further boosts unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and rotorcraft (see editorial, p. 50). The budget and decisions taken in the same month also show a Pentagon ready to get tough with old-fashioned industry practices and reward newcomers. Speakers at Aviation Week’s Defense Technology & Requirements (DTAR) conference last ...

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