Leaking the test results is also what 'marketing to investors' looks like. "Hey, Vulture Capitalists Inc., we've got a shiny laser powered spy drone for you to invest in, and we have proof of some ongoing tests
$20M is not much money at all. Instead, most likely, this data was published (I really really doubt it was "leaked" in any way, shape, or form) in preparation for a contract proposal worth hundreds of millions, if not over a billion, dollars.
It was filed on Aug 13, 2004, and got approved on Feb 15, 2006.
I think this is the real story here. From the time to file to approval is about 1.5 years. In the U.S., it's 5 to 8 years. We cannot hope to compete if these numbers are real, and, apparently, they are.
So thanks again, wikileaks -- because a govt. keeping secrets isn't a very accountable one.
The problem I have is that the GOVT should still be able to keep secrets from OTHER governments. Let's assume that what you want is for the U.S. GOVT to not keep any secrets from you, theoretically a valid U.S. citizen. But, I argue that we still want to keep those secrets from other governments, including our possible and potential allies. WikiLeaks unfortunately makes no such distinctions. So, explain to me why you think that a particular sovereignty should not keep any information from other nations, whether they're friendly or not.
Life is difficult because it is non-linear.