Obama's Budget Ends Big Spending on Drones

Defense will be buying less of the UAVs in the future according to the budget released today


Drones may be the Obama administration's signature weapon. But the new, $615 billion Pentagon budget shows that the boom in spending on drones is a thing of the past.

As Danger Room first reported last week, the era of tighter defense budgets does not spare the remotely piloted planes, something that's been a long time in coming. While the Navy is enthusiastic about its forthcoming drone fleet, the Air Force — which has long had mixed feelings about drones — now talks about "realign[ing] funds to right-size" its robotic planes. That means buying fewer of them.