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How to Take Out a TV Station.

Gen. Ronald Fogleman, retired Air Force chief of staff, isn't much of a fan of unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs), now under development, but he sees an important role for them in future combat. "UCAVs ate dumber than dirt," he told a research conference in Washington, D.C. "But I think we're going to be plowing some UCAV dirt anyway." Why?

"If you want to destroy the television station in downtown Bucharest," Fogleman said, "the smart way to do it would be to take a UCAV down the street where the station is located and take it out with a high-energy weapon.

That would be preferable, he said, to sending "a precision-guided missile that goes to the sixth floor and eliminates the TV station--but a fragment from the explosion kills a baby in a nearby hospital and the story gets picked up by CNN."
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Title Annotation:advantages of unmanned combat air vehicles
Publication:National Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Oct 1, 2000
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