ARMED FORCES: Missiles with Minds

At the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base one morning last week, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Trevor Gardner bubbled over with guided-missile news. He had glowing words about the Falcon, an air-to-air missile with an electronic brain. Falcons will be carried by interceptors and fired at enemy bombers as much as five miles away. Then the electronic brain will take over, and the Falcon will track its prey across the sky, supersonically following every move the enemy makes to escape.

"The Falcon is one of the most important contributions to defense since the development of...

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