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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) applauds Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for ensuring the U.S. Department of Defense will continue funding for unmanned systems in the Strategic Defense Review.
The language in the review calls for a continued reliance on new technology, including armed and unarmed unmanned systems, as the military increasingly focuses on security in the Asia-Pacific region and forges “small footprint” alliances with other nations around the world.
“In light of the budget cuts the Department of Defense must make, we are heartened to see that Secretary of Defense Panetta will continue to invest in utilizing unmanned systems to protect and work with troops in theater,” said AUVSI President & CEO Michael Toscano.