Drones: The Defining Airspace Technology of 2014

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One place where the U.S. faces a low risk of serious challenge is in its technological superiority in the use of the pilotless drone aircraft.

Being the undisputed master of drone airspace has produced military successes in Pakistan and made the U.S. some unplanned enemies in Afghanistan and Yemen where drones have been blamed for civilian casualties.

The trend over the next five years at the Pentagon is for increased use of robotic weapons—is this a good thing for national security, and can the U.S. even count on its global drone edge for that long?

Clint Watts, a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute and at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, makes the case for why drones don’t deserve the bad reputation they get.