From swarm attacks on Russian bases to long-range strikes on Saudi oil facilities, events in the Middle East have highlighted the impact of unmanned aircraft on warfare. The asymmetric potential of drones built on globally available technology is clear. But how can a monolithic defense procurement system with a long time constant take advantage of the rapid pace of commercial technology development? A DARPA program is taking an unusual approach to harnessing the power of swarming drones ...

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