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A large part of the modern warfare conversation centers around high-tech systems like hypersonic missiles, but smaller weapons like low-tech drones could be a serious threat to the U.S. military.

  • However, Lt. Gen. David Deptula (USAF, ret.), dean of The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, said he disagrees with Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., head of U.S. Central Command, who said the United States has lost its advantage in the air because of small, armed drones.
  • Deptula said the U.S. has not lost its advantage, drones can disrupt operations but not stop them and they are not significant for major regional conflict.
  • He said acquiring situational awareness and imposing countermeasures, such as guns, nets, high-powered lasers and radio frequency jammers, can effectively combat drones.

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