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July 16, 2013 2:52 PM

Global Hawk: The drone the Pentagon couldn’t ground

With spending reductions looming, Air Force officials looked for a program they could cut that was underperforming, had busted its budget and wasn’t vital to immediate combat needs. They settled on the production line for a $223 million drone aircraft known as the Global Hawk. Canceling its production and putting recently built models into storage would save $2.5 billion over five years, they projected. What happened next was an object lesson in the power of a defense contractor to trump the Pentagon’s own attempts to set spending priorities in a tough fiscal climate.

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