Experts: Drones will surpass IEDs as threats in future conflicts

For the majority of this century, one of the biggest threats facing American troops and other allied forces in low-tech conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. So pervasive are IED threats that entire units — usually engineer units — have been dedicated to finding and clearing them from roadways. [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.