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Correction: This report initially stated that the crash killed five airmen.
The Washington Times gets all conspiratorial about the BAMS-D crash. Meanwhile, another X-37B UCAS demonstrator has arrived at Pax River, sparking another round of UFO reports, according to WTOP. Despite the hullabaloo, National Defense says that the Navy’s drone programs have a bright future. Inside Defense says the Pentagon is set to demonstrate new sense-and-avoid requirements (subscription required) for drones.
Sierra Nevada Corporation sues to reinstate the Super Tucano contract, AOL Defense reports.
Defense Daily reports that DoD could shift money around (subscription required) if sequestration hits. The Senate grills Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, again, about the Pentagon budget, AOL Defense Reports. Sen. Carl Levin states that Republicans might endorse new taxes to save the defense budget, Aviation Week reports. Some House Republicans now want to reverse the House budget’s prohibition on purchasing biofuels (subscription required), Jane’s Defence Weekly reports. Washington Technology asks if uncertainty over sequestration is the new normal.