"Within the Pentagon, this high-tech approach is known by the dull phrase “third offset strategy,” emulating two earlier “offsets” that checked Russian military advances during the Cold War. The first offset was tactical nuclear weapons; the second was precision-guided conventional weapons. The latest version assumes that smart, robot weapons can help restore deterrence that has been eroded by Russian and Chinese progress."
"Boeing, Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the X-47B unmanned, unarmed plane that has already been tested on U.S. carriers, Lockheed Martin Corp, and privately held General Atomics have already spent tens of millions of dollars to prepare to bid for the Navy's Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance Strike program."
[Janes Defense Weekly] US DoD Annual Report Highlights China's Growing UAV Strike Capabilities. 05/13/15
"The US Department of Defense believes that China will acquire nearly 42,000 unmanned aerial vehicles by 2023, with some of these systems expected to be strike-capable"
"Drones are going to revolutionize how nations and nonstate actors threaten the use of violence. First, they will make low-cost, high-credibility threats possible."
"Today, the true test of political resolve is not initiating combat but sustaining it...drones of future combat won't have families or come back in coffins."
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