The Obama administration is opening the door for US military drone makers to sell their unmanned killing machines overseas.
“The new export policy is part of a broader United States UAS [unmanned aircraft system] policy review which includes plans to work with other countries to shape international standards for the sale, transfer, and subsequent use of military UAS,” the State Department said in a statement.
The decision, controversial in that drones lower the bar for using lethal force and often kill unintended targets, is expected to be a financial bonanza of sorts for the US defense industry, especially in California. Global governments were already expected to spend some $91 billion over the next decade on the technology.
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