Limited numbers of expensive unmanned aircraft—each with its own massive intelligence-gathering capabilities—have been a U.S. Air Force staple for years. Now the service is eyeing redirection of its investment dollars into smaller platforms that can function as one huge network that ignores losses to air or cyberattack. After cancellation of its new Global Hawk Block 30 force as part of the fiscal 2013 budget crunch, the service intends to shift to more expendable unmanned aircraft ...

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