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In February 2006, the US Department of Defense (DOD) put an end to the Joint Unmanned Combat Aerial Systems (J-UCAS) technological demonstrator by declaring the program officially “terminated”. Though the decision was not a real surprise in the Air Force community, reasons that led to J-UCAS program’s demise are questionable and invite us to examine to what extent elements such as technological maturity, management models, services strategies and bureaucracy might help us to explain DOD’s final decision. A social deconstruction of the J-UCAS program will be helpful in order to have a better understanding of the kind of obstacles modern advanced technological military programs can suffer from.