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Counterdrone ops suddenly all the rage

On the heels of the Future of War essay the other day by Capt. Adam Thomas about the growing importance of counterdrone operations, Jane's Defence Weekly steps up and reports the Israelis are working this area, too. They find that defending against drones involves mainly dealing differently because of two issues -- the small radar signature and the slowness of the li'l planes.

A friend points out that the most significant use of drones in the future might be swarms of hundreds to saturate the enemy's defenses. Many would carry weapons, but many more would just be there as targets -- but he would have to try to knock them all down. Then, after the enemy has expended a lot of time, energy, and bullets on the drones, you send in your piloted bombers and fighters.

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Marshall and Lejeune: The respect two great generals had for each other

I tell the tale in the new issue of the Marine Corps Gazette. Basically, Lejeune kept on trying to hire Marshall for a top position at VMI.

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