The history of unmanned aerial vehicles doesn't exactly inspire confidence. More have failed than succeeded, and the cost has been considerable. But two UAVs, Predator and Global Hawk, are demonstrating unprecedented capabilities and indicating a dramatic departure from the past. What is making the difference? Two things--process and people. Getting UAV programs off the ground has been difficult. Since 1975, the Defense Dept. has initiated at least nine UAV acquisition programs that ...

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