How ‘War on Terror’ UAV maker General Atomics is pivoting to great power conflict

The Predator unmanned air vehicle (UAV) is perhaps the most iconic aircraft of the USA’s “War on Terror’. For the past 20 years, the public has grown familiar with the drone, including evening TV broadcasts replaying black-and-white footage gathered by the aircraft as it circles and fires its Hellfire missiles at targets in Iraq or Afghanistan.

But now, Washington has new enemies and new wars to prepare to fight. That’s put the successor to the Predator, the US Air Force’s (USAF)...