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One of four 'Predator' drones located in Sierra Vista as part of Homeland Security's border surveillance program.

Pilots flying a Predator drone out of Sierra Vista for Customs and Border Protection are credited with rescuing three migrants lost in the desert earlier this month, authorities said. Read more»

A Predator drone operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine from an airfield at Ft. Huachuca near Sierra Vista.

The drone program operated by Customs and Border Protection costs far more than the agency estimates, flies far fewer hours than it should, and helps in a fraction of apprehensions along the U.S-Mexico border, according to an audit of the program. In a report released on Christmas Eve, the DHS Inspector General found that after eight years, the program has not achieved results, flying for only about 20 percent of the time expected. Read more» 2

Attorney General Tom Horne addresses a news conference at which he detailed an indictment accusing 21 Tucson-based members of the Arizona Air National Guard of fraudulently collecting stipends for housing and other temporary-duty expenses.

The former commander and 20 other members of a Tucson Air National Guard unit have been indicted for allegedly defrauding the government of more than $1 million. Members of the 214th Reconnaissance Group, which operates drones over Iraq and Afghanistan, falsified military records to bump their pay, Attorney General Tom Horne said Monday. The announcement comes four years after an Air Force investigation into the allegations led to discipline. Read more» 3

A Predator UAV on display at Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB, 2010.

It is not at all, participants say, like waging war by Wii. Almost everyone involved with unmanned aerial systems winces when they hear their vehicles called “drones.” Read more»

Sometimes you've got to call in the real experts. Read more»