January 29, 2024

After deadly drone attack in Jordan, US Central Command reassessing air defense needs

Source: Breaking Defense

Journalists: Agnes Helou, Ashley Roque

Despite Iran’s denial, several analysts predict that Washington may retaliate differently this time around now that three soldiers are dead, even if other attacks sought similar outcomes.

“These strikes are not shots across the bow, or demonstrations of force: They are, and have been, attempts to kill Americans — for months,” Jonathan Lord, senior fellow and the director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, told Breaking Defense today in an emailed response to questions. “It’s a testament to our defensive capabilities that up until now, casualties have been limited. … The only thing that has changed is, this time, they were tragically successful.”

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  • Jonathan Lord

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Jonathan Lord is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Lord served as a professional staff member for the House Arme...