May 25, 2024

Simple drones, complex problems

Source: Axios

Journalist: Colin Demarest

Unmanned systems have existed for many years but were considered an exclusive tool. That is no longer the case.

  • Commercial drone use "came of age" in the Syrian civil war, said Samuel Bendett, an expert with the Center for a New American Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Their applicability was further underlined by fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • "The U.S. military has an unprecedented technological lead. But other countries are moving very quickly, in terms of adopting tactical capabilities, which are now way ahead of anything that NATO or even the United States has," Bendett said.
  • "The Russians are officially claiming that they and the Ukrainians are ahead of the entire world when it comes to the application of tactical drones, FPVs, quadcopters."

Read the full story from Axios.


  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3), where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves research on the ...