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‘MALES’: One may be near you right now

In 27 years of dealing with the U.S. military on a daily basis, I am surprised to still come across unfamiliar acronyms.

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In 27 years of dealing with the U.S. military on a daily basis, I am surprised to still come across unfamiliar acronyms. Yet I do. The latest: “MALES.” It refers to a kind of UAV that is a “Medium Altitude, Long Endurance System.”

Photo credit: TOM TSCHIDA/NASA/Wikimedia Commons

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. @tomricks1

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