The balloon’s gone up in the war of leaks over planned Pentagon budget cuts. Here’s a pair of items that seem to reach differing conclusions about one of the Air Force’s key spy drone programs.
Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio reports:
Pentagon Proposes Buying 3 More Northrop Grumman Global Hawks
The Pentagon’s proposed fiscal 2013 budget includes about $1.2 billion to buy three additional advanced versions of Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Global Hawk surveillance drone, according to a U.S. government official.
But Reuters’ Andrea Shalal-Esa writes:
Exclusive: U.S. Air Force to halt Northrop unmanned plane
The U.S. Air Force has decided to scrap its Northrop Grumman Corp high-altitude unmanned surveillance plane program and keep its Cold War-vintage U-2 spy planes flying into the 2020s, according to a government official and a defense analyst.
Of course, if you read beyond the initial couple of paragraphs, apparently both are true.