As American troops continue their withdrawal from Afghanistan 11 years after the 9/11 attacks, technology has vastly changed the look of modern warfare. Robotics, precision munitions, unmanned aerial drones and other technological advances have helped American troops immensely on the battlefield.
Watch Brookings Institution war expert Michael O’Hanlon talk about how technology, such as unmanned aerial drones, has changed the face of modern warfare:
“We have all sorts of ways now to put a weapon within, let’s say, the space between you and me … from any conceivable distance in any conceivable weather. And twenty years ago, we were only learning how to do that with laser-guided bombs in Operation Desert Storm,” O’Hanlon said. “We can do it now with GPS and those weapons have become accurate within just a few meters.”
The Internet and the U.S. military’s use of the Internet also has given a boost to the boots on the ground. “The information/strike/precision combination has been pretty stunning as an area of development within the last twenty years.”
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