Shachtman, Noah
March 2006
Fast Company;Mar2006, Issue 103, p129
The article focuses on the unmanned aerial vehicles developed by retired admiral Thomas J. Cassidy, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Cassidy took an enormous gamble, instead of waiting for orders for his unmanned aerial vehicles to flow in from the U.S. Defense Department, he decided to build the drones on spec. In March 2005, the U.S. Air Force was committed to buy approximately 156 units of the Cessna-sized Predators over the next five years. Unmanned aerial vehicles have been around since the 1960s and today, the U.S. military and intelligence services employ about 180 of the drones to spy on guerrillas.


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