Small, low-cost drones represent a radical new military capability and a new threat. They can be acquired easily even by nonstate actors and fielded in large quantities. Their growing sophistication also presents challenges, and the weight of numbers of a drone swarm could overwhelm existing defenses. Drone swarms may be as transformational on the 21st-century battlefield as air power was in the 20th century. As with early aircraft, some view small drones as mere toys, while others warn ...

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