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Dyke Weatherington: Pentagon to Continue Slimming Drone Budget

PentagonThe Pentagon has readjusted its unmanned systems integrated roadmap to take into consideration the program’s decreased budget and developments in the foreign drone market, DoDBuzz reported Thursday.

Dyke Weatherington, director of unmanned warfare and ISR with the Defense Department, told the website the military aims to more clearly address its fiscal challenges with the shift.

Kris Osborn writes DoD requested an unmanned systems budget of $4.1 billion for fiscal year 2014, the bulk of which is planned for unmanned aerial systems.

According to Weatherington, the drone program’s budget has been declining since 2012, even as the demand for technological advancement in the battlefield has gone up as the Pentagon evolves its defense strategies.

“We can generally say that from 2014 to 2015 the budget in the capability area will be reduced,” he said.

“Within the department we are being very judicious about where we are putting our investment dollars and our current dollars.”

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