[ExI] battle tanks to a five yr old

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue May 8 16:49:44 UTC 2012

On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> The nice part of drone warfare is that it works both ways.

Not so much.

1) Just because the hardware can be purchased by either side,
does not mean both sides have the knowledge to put it to good use.
Suicide bombers tend not to have a lot invested in their technical
education, for one - and generally, anti-Western terrorists object to
visible symbols of technology.  They may use rifles and bombs, but
drones?  That's a symbol of their enemy, so they tend not to be
willing or able to learn how to set them up and operate them.

2) You'd better believe that the US military has spent a lot of time
thinking about how to shut drones down, based on their experience
using them.  So far, this is mostly a theoretical capability: no one
has used Predators against US forces yet, other than in training
exercises (US against itself).  But those training exercises can be
pretty effective in distinguishing what works from what does not.

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