June 24, 2024

US Needs Longer-Range Drones for Potential China-Taiwan Conflict: Think Tank

Source: The Defense Post

Journalist: Joe Saballa

Stacie Pettyjohn, CNAS defense director and one of the authors of the report, has expressed doubts about the potential war being a fair fight.

She said China has more drones than the US and can manufacture cheaper ones, allowing it to rapidly deploy more in a conflict.

Washington also reportedly faces a clear disadvantage: how to successfully deploy and operate drones in Taiwan from bases hundreds of miles away.

“I don’t know if it’s going to be a fair fight,” Pettyjohn stressed. “There are a lot of things that are stacked up against the US when it’s playing an away game… But I think the US can do a lot of things to level the playing field somewhat.”

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  • Stacie Pettyjohn

    Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program

    Stacie Pettyjohn is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her areas of expertise include defense strategy, post...