Calgary-based CDL Systems may be the most important defense contractor you never heard of. But Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT ) sure knows CDL. In fact, as of a few days ago, Lockheed owns CDL -- and with it, Lockheed bought itself a key piece of the infrastructure that controls unmanned aerial vehicles flown by everyone from Boeing (NYSE: BA ) to Textron (NYSE: TXT ) , and from AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV ) to Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC ) .
Why was Lockheed's CDL purchase such a smart buy? Listen in, as Fool contributor Rich Smith explains.
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