In this piece in New Scientist magazine I explore the idea that perching drones, which can occupy ground for an extended period of time, change the political calculus when it comes to taking military action.
Historically, when faced with a situation like Syria of Afghanistan, the only way to have a lasting effect is with ‘boots on the ground’ – – sending in soldiers, with all the consequences that brings, especially in terms of flag-draped coffins returning.
Perching drones, which can land on a rooftop, power line or tree branch and maintain close observation 24/7, providing precision lethal firepower when needed, mean that jobs which previously required ground troops can now be done remotely.
In particular the US Air Force’s Micro Muntions Program looks like a game-changer.
Full story here.