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State Dept.'s $1B Solicitation For Drones Draws 64 Bidders

Law360, New York (April 5, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of State's plan to spend up to $1 billion to deploy unmanned surveillance drones in Iraq and other countries drew interest from 64 companies as of Thursday, including top dronemaker General Atomics and military contractors General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin Corp.

The move comes as part of beefed-up efforts to protect diplomats without using U.S. troops. The State Department's request for proposals, issued in March and amended Monday, details a plan to spend up to $1 billion over the next five years to...
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