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The Brimley effect on defense companies

BAE Systems just bought Advanced Ceramics Research Inc., a small Arizona-based maker of UAVs, or drone aircraft. This is a sign to me that defense contractors are paying attention to the pro-UAV views of the new crowd at the Pentagon. I wonder if the first carrier to carry mainly stealthy, long-range, naval UCAVs — that ...

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BAE Systems just bought Advanced Ceramics Research Inc., a small Arizona-based maker of UAVs, or drone aircraft. This is a sign to me that defense contractors are paying attention to the pro-UAV views of the new crowd at the Pentagon. I wonder if the first carrier to carry mainly stealthy, long-range, naval UCAVs — that is, combat drones — will be named the USS Obama.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the drone wars, the United States shot down an Iranian drone that was in Iraqi airspace, according to Major-General Abdul Aziz Mohammed Jassim, head of military operations at the Iraqi Defense Ministry. He didn’t disclose how this was done.

And here’s more bad news for the Air Force, another service in the sights of the Brimleyites: The Russians are having a hard time playing a credible boogieman, with a large part of the Russian MiG-29 force found unable to fly safely.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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