The Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its debut--albeit unexpected--at an air base in Afghanistan last month. The UAV has been supporting operations in the Middle East since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S., and commanders have hailed it as a success story in using developmental technology to help find and destroy pop-up targets. Yet, on a routine mission around a month ago the aircraft detected engine problems and automatically diverted to a preplanned ...

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