US to Arm Italian Drones
Move could open floodgates for rest of NATO, other allies
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 29, 2012 8:09 AM CDT
This undated photo shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the US-Canadian border.   (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

(Newser) – Pretty soon, every cool kid on the block may have genuine American-made robot killing machines. The Obama administration plans to arm Italy's Reaper drone fleet, sources tell the Wall Street Journal, which will make it difficult for Washington to deny such capabilities to the rest of its NATO allies. Italy would become just the second foreign power with US-armed drones—the other being Britain—and officials say they'd initially use the newfound firepower in Afghanistan.

The White House gave Congress an unusually long 40-day "pre-notification" period to review the sale, but that period ended Sunday with no objections. Now the House and Senate would have to issue a joint resolution of disapproval to block the move, something members of both parties say is unlikely. Still, the sale isn't without its detractors. "America's cutting-edge high technology should not be shared," Dianne Feinstein said. "I am concerned by the proliferation of these weapons systems."

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DERY
May 30, 2012 3:24 AM CDT
Dianne Feinstein is just angry it's not Israel getting the latest in US military technology.
jgarbuz
May 29, 2012 11:25 AM CDT
The UAV is the greatest counterterrorist tool ever invented. But yes, in the hands of the Evil Ones it can be used against the innocent as well. But I still prefer robot wars to human wars. If wars have to go on, I'd rather see robots killing robots.
Antagonist
May 29, 2012 10:56 AM CDT
I can just see this as a bad idea. We here in the USA are worried about Iran or some other country getting their hands on one of these. How do we know that someone is not going to do some double-dealing, and provide access to this technology to a country that might use it against us. For money anyone will sell out these days. Especially in hard hit countries. Or one of these will be downed by an experienced pilot(If you want to call them that) and another country like China or North Korea can get their hands on the technology. Then I guess North Korea, would just sell it because they are so Broke. BAD, BAD, BAD Idea !!!!!!!