The results of the next Offset Strategy are beginning to appear on the world’s battlefields. Unfortunately, it is not the U.S. military that is deploying these capabilities. Instead it is our competitors and adversaries that are exploiting the revolution in unmanned aerial systems or drones to great effect. The U.S. and its Coalition allies no longer have sole use of the air domain. Drones provide our adversaries with the ability to conduct aerial ISR, mission command, targeting and even precision strike — all capabilities that were, until recently, solely the province of wealthy militaries. Because they are cheap and easy to deploy and operate, even the poorest terrorist group will be able to deploy drones in the hundreds. The only way our military is going to defeat this emerging threat is by throwing a storm of electrons at it. I have written an article for The National Interest here.
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