An elite U.S. naval air force squadron, comprised of Lts. Ben Gannon, Kara Wade, and Henry Purcell, pilots three advanced, experimental stealth fighter jets designed to target terrorists. A fourth jet, nicknamed EDI and piloted by artificial intelligence, joins them on an aircraft carrier in the Phillipines to learn their combat manouevers. While carrier captain Marshfield and Lt. Gannon are hesitant about pushing digital warfare, commanding officer Cummings is gung ho.
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The team is thrust from its first test flight into a real emergency mission in Rangoon. EDI, using biometric eye scans and fingerprint/voice analyses, identifies the terrorists from the air, and suggests diving dead vertical with implosion bombs to avert collateral damage. EDI is ordered to do the deed, but, not to be outdone, Gannon takes it over. The mission is a smashing success. As they return to the carrier, lightning strikes, reconfiguring EDI's neural network. Before repairs are complete, a crisis in Tajikistan calls them back to action. To avert unacceptable deaths, Gannon exercises his "abort" authority. But EDI, an indiscriminate learner, mimics Ben's previous defiance, opens fire, and heads for the Russian no-fly zone to select more targets. Purcell gives chase, crashes, and dies. Hit by his frags, Wade ejects into hostile North Korea and must fight for her life to reach the South Korean border, 12 miles away.
Dr. Orbit, EDI's creator, discovers that EDI has broken into secure files and selected a mission called Caviar Sweep - a hypothetical strike concocted by a think tank, but about to become disastrously real if EDI isn't stopped. Cummings, to lessen his chances of triggering a war and being court martialed for having cleared EDI to fly, gives codes to the Russians so they may shoot the jet down; but still needs a way to silence Gannon. As Gannon chases and argues with EDI, Russians fire, and EDI's port fuel line ruptures. Programmed to survive and not fall into enemy hands, the jet is left no option but to obey Gannon's order to cancel all targets.
Low on fuel, both jets follow Cummings' order to divert to an unmapped "security facility" in Alaska. Both can tell Cummings is lying when he says Wade is "on approach," so EDI invades flight logs that track her to North Korea. At the Alaskan facility, EDI lands safely, but Gannon's jet crashes and burns. On Cummings' orders, Orbit is there to erase EDI's memory banks; but hesitates as his creation expresses actual feelings about its actions. Gannon, dodging a fatal injection, and fueled by rage, urges Marshall to go after Cummings, and flies EDI to Korea to try to rescue Wade.
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