A disadvantage of trying to develop and field new technology rapidly to meet urgent operational requirements in wartime is that there is not much leeway when things do not go as planned. Now the U.S. Army has canceled Northrop Grumman's Long-Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), because technical and performance problems and budget constraints meant the 300-ft. surveillance airship could no longer provide an operational capability in Afghanistan in the timeframe required. When ...


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