Recent twenty-first-century wars suggest that the outcomes of future conflicts could be determined by the contest between unmanned aerial systems (UASs), also known as drones, and the means deployed to counter UASs (C-UASs). More than 30 nations have either fielded armed drones or are developing them. The U.S. made extensive use of drones in Southwest Asia and in its global campaign against violent extremism. It is currently developing an array of advanced drones of various sizes and degrees of complexity. But what is significant is the extent to which others, states and non-state actors alike, are deploying increasingly sophisticated militarized drones in larger numbers. I have written more on this subject here.
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