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The growing U.S. drone fleet

In the next decade, defense spending on known medium- and large-size drones will be nearly $40 billion, increasing inventory by 35 percent. Ranging in size from a private aircraft to a commercial jet, nearly 800 of these bigger drones are operating around the world, observing, collecting data and in some cases attacking the enemy. The military also has thousands of mini-drones used for battlefield surveillance. Since 2001, the U.S. government is estimated to have killed more than 2,000 militants and civilians in drone attacks. Read related article.

Details about the U.S. drone fleet.
Sources: Congressional Budget Office; staff reports. Graphic: Todd Lindeman and Bill Webster/The Washington Post. Published on December 23, 2011, 8:54 p.m.

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