more high-tech murder: U.S. Plans Hypersonic Drone for Global Strikes

Mike Friedman mikedf at
Tue Jul 1 16:10:56 MDT 2003

U.S. Plans Hypersonic Drone for Global Strikes
Tue Jul 1, 9:52 AM ET

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Pentagon (news - web sites) is planning to
build a hypersonic unmanned drone which could strike targets anywhere
on earth from the continental United States in under two hours,
according to a Department of Defense (news - web sites) Web site.

Part of a drive for "prompt global reach capability" which has been
spurred by concern about threats from failed states and terrorism,
the drone would be able to take off from a conventional runway with a
12,000-pound payload.

"This capability would free the U.S. military from reliance on
forward basing to enable it to react promptly and decisively to
destabilizing or threatening actions by hostile countries and
terrorist organizations," said the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA), seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

It said the military engagements in Bosnia, Afghanistan (news - web
sites) and Iraq (news - web sites) had underscored the limitations of
the U.S. air force's strike capabilities.

Michael Friedman
Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
City University of New York

Molecular Laboratory
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
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