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This is part of the clever and gradual propaganda campaign to increase drone funding/sophistication significantly. A new article intended to nudge the reader toward that conclusion is released about every 6 months.

Other people read this and say it is a clever propaganda campaign to promote the danger of using drones that can be turned against us by hackers, etc....

so likely the simplest answer is correct, it's not a giant conspiracy after all.

Uh, that's what the article said, one doesn't have to infer it. Of course if any form of US military technology is easily hackable there is not likely to be much consensus behind the idea of just cancelling the program...

The article sets the stage for easy agreement with the idea that US drone tech needs an overhaul. Even if the first appropriations toward this go to a small subset of current military drones, that gets the ball rolling.

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