Monday, March 22, 2010

A Cold War Spy Craft, the Updated U-2 Dodges Retirement - NYTimes.com

An incredible ROI case study

In some ways, the U-2, which flew its first mission in 1956, is like an updated version of an Etch A Sketch in an era of high-tech computer games.

“It’s like after all the years it’s flown, the U-2 is in its prime again,” said Lt. Col. Jason M. Brown, who commands an intelligence squadron that plans the missions and analyzes much of the data. “It can do things that nothing else can do.”

One of those things, improbably enough, is that even from 13 miles up its sensors can detect small disturbances in the dirt, providing a new way to find makeshift mines that kill many soldiers.

A Cold War Spy Craft, the Updated U-2 Dodges Retirement - NYTimes.com

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