Navy SEALs need more drones for Afghan mission

The Defense Department wants congressional approval to transfer as much as $641 million in funding for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to priorities such as funding to improve the use of Boeing's ScanEagle drone to support Navy SEALs in Afghanistan, reports Bloomberg.

The request for shifting previously approved military intelligence funds was submitted July 2 to the four congressional defense committees in a 20-page document, the story said.

The $94.2 million sought for the ScanEagle drones made would fund the purchase of more ground stations, the story said. Six sites operated by contractors in Iraq would be moved to Afghanistan and ground stations operated by Navy SEALs would be doubled to eight from four.

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