News Summary: German defense chief under fire

News Summary: German defense chief under fire for handling of failed drone program

Associated Press

MY BAD: Germany's defense minister HAS admitted mistakes were made in handling a program to develop unmanned surveillance drones, and he announced tougher oversight procedures.

DOWN THE DRAIN? Opposition parties say Thomas de Maiziere wasted public funds by canceling the botched 600 million euro ($800 million) program too late, but he rejected calls for his resignation.

COLLISION COURSE: Aviation authorities have warned that Germany's so-called Euro Hawk drones, among other shortcomings, lack an automatic system that would avoid crashes with other aircraft in Europe's busy airspace.

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