A Defense One report argues the development and acquisition of weaponized drones is moving at such a pace that every nation will have one within a decade.
Defense One reports “military experts” say this is happening so fast that there is nothing anyone can do to prevent it, as much as the United States – which, the report says, has deeply slashed its own drone budget – might like to.
According to the report, the U.S., the U.K., Israel, and China currently have armed drones in their arsenals. However, another 23 countries are on their way to developing or acquiring the same.
China has already announced it will be selling “its equivalent of the Predator, ‘Wing Loong,’ to Saudi Arabia.” According to io9.com, author Peter Singer says this means “you could soon have U.S. and Chinese made drones striking in the same region.”
The report indicates there is nothing the U.S. can do about the increase in drones, except perhaps to “export weaponized drone technology to additional allies” and increase the “U.S. drone budget” for our own self-preservation.
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