A Killer Drone: THE GENERAL


General John Jumper was just starting his first day as the Air Force's top officer when a hijacked airliner slammed into the Pentagon, shaking the floor beneath him. Unlike most Americans, who had no way to strike back at terror, Jumper did something about it. His missile-firing Predator drones--the first weapons of their kind--were deployed to try to kill Osama bin Laden.

While the Pentagon has been using drones as flying spies for years, it was less than 18 months ago that Jumper--then running the Air Force's Air Combat Command--first realized that his growing fleet of unmanned aircraft represented a missed...

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