F-35s, UAVs may be caught in budget battle

A budget crunch and turf wars could threaten progress made by unmanned aerial vehicles during 10 years of combat, National Defense Magazine reports.

The biggest problem for the Air Force is figuring out how UAV procurement relates to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, said Peter Singer, senior fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. The Air Force's procurement numbers haven't changed for the next-generation fighter while program costs have increased, the article said.

Air Force buyers will have to decide which platforms to buy and how many, the story also said.

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