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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Drones: The Next Arms Race

The U.S. is developing aircraft carrier-based drones that could provide a crucial edge as it tries to counter China's military rise. (AP)

The U.S. is developing aircraft carrier-based drones that could provide a crucial edge as it tries to counter China's military rise. (AP)

The United States has a near monopoly on armed drones, and it uses the technology aggressively in the hunt for Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Yemen.

But the U.S. could soon lose its edge, as both China and Iran test drones, with groups like Hezbollah and Mexican drug cartels lining up as potential customers.

Security experts have also raised concerns that other countries could follow America’s lead, and deploy drones across national borders in the interest of national security.

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  • Heatherj_3

    I have only one thought… Terminater.
    We are so going to destroy ourselves.
                                            – Heather  from Ida,MI

  • Heatherj_3

    Okay, I have more to say. Is every one crazy? We are creating death machines and highly inteligent  ones at that. this is total insanity! Skynet lives… 

  • Anonymous

    Natural progression of technology, accept it, we aren’t stop for you.

  • Aaa

    In the segment introduction the phrase “can be armed to drop bombs” is used. While a select few UAV’s can drop bombs, the vast majority of armed UAVs fire missiles and do not drop bombs. An important distinction.

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