Americas Military

Local military contractors have stake in growing popularity of drones

By Richard Burnett, Staff Writer Orlando Sentinel

Amid industry jitters over the potential for huge defense-budget cuts in the months and years ahead, there is at least one area of military technology that may fly above the funding fray: unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones.

Although controversial because of their ties to the CIA and their suspected role in civilian deaths in places like Pakistan, these high-tech drones have proven useful enough during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to create a sustained demand, industry officials say.

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