What’s New About Drones, Cont.

In an earlier post, I responded to a point from Spencer Ackerman about the novelty, or lack thereof, of drones as standoff weapons.  Adam Elkus takes a different tack:

Drones require basing, infrastructure, intelligence, targeting, and protection from anti-aircraft weapons. Drone use is enabled precisely because of the fact that the United States enjoys political relationships that enable basing and military advantages that prevent enemies from attacking and destroying basing and targeting capabilities. It does not make sense for a potential adversary to build up such capabilities because they can be sighted, targeted, and destroyed fairly easily. In other words, an adversary’s ability to protect or hide its drones is more relevant to the discussion than the drones themselves.

On an unrelated note, I might as well admit up front that much of my blogging style, including the title and format of this particular post, is a fairly close copy of what I see Andrew Sullivan doing.  I really like his blog, so I’d be crazy not to borrow techniques of his that I think help define the genre.

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