The end of the year brings the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past and look into the future. With the Global War on Terror potentially coming to an end, it is also a great opportunity to reflect on the challenges from that conflict. In particular, much of the Global War on Terror focused on addressing one major threat – the improvised explosive device (IED). Seventeen years after the first IEDs were used in Iraq, the US military has fielded numerous systems to defeat IEDs, rendering the usage of IEDs somewhat impractical. However, enemies adapt.
Forecasting the challenges of future conflicts, the question arises as to what will replace IEDs. The answer is rather apparent– drones. Similar to IEDs, drones can provide insurgent groups with the ability to counter US military technology through commercially available products.