In a world of shrinking defense budgets and growing national security threats, U.S. military leaders are looking for ways to multiply their forces and stay a step ahead of the enemy through expanded intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. That improved ISR requirement includes aircraft—particularly sensor-equipped unmanned aerial systems (UAS) of all sizes—say U.S. Special Operations Command (Socom) leaders.  While Socom has seen its force size and ...

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