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Exclusive: U2 Spy Planes Confused for UFOs, Fueled Area 51 Mystique

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The crash of a disc-shaped aircraft in Roswell New Mexico, in July 1947 kicked off UFO speculation worldwide. In fact, the disc was a Russia spy plane, reveals Annie Jacobson in the new book "Area 51."
In her new book "AREA 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base," which goes on sale May 17, Annie Jacobsen offers for the first time an inside look at the history of America's top secret military base.

It is the first book based on interviews with the scientist, pilots, and engineers -- 74 in total -- who for the first time reveal what really went on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear reactions to building super-secret supersonic jets to pursuing the war on terror.
Jacobsen, a contributing editor and investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times Magazine, interviewed the former Area 51 employees in 2008 and 2009, shortly after the CIA declassified much of the work they had done, including countless pages of redacted…

US developing new generation of drones

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The United States is developing a new generation of sea-based drones that could be used on aircraft carriers, which experts say would be deployed in Asia.

Vice Admiral Scott Van Buskirk, commander of the US 7th Fleet, which covers most of the Pacific and Indian oceans, told AP on Monday that the new generation of drones would play an integral role in future US operations in Asia.
He said the drones could also be used to counter China's aircraft carrier-killer missile.
China is not close to building a military as strong as that of the US, but its advancements in aerial and naval power could test the US dominance in the Pacific and potentially Washington's ability to protect its allies such as Japan and South Korea.
“There is a growing Chinese military capability, one that frankly I believe, exceeds the need, the defensive needs of China against any conceivable threat,” US military analyst Daniel Goure told a Press TV correspondent.

Experts say the new drones can be used on any o…