Vox Fails at Explaining the Drone Arsenal Race

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Ethan Gach

I write about comics, video games and American politics. I fear death above all things. Just below that is waking up in the morning to go to work. You can follow me on Twitter at @ethangach or at my blog, gamingvulture.tumblr.com. And though my opinions aren’t for hire, my virtue is.

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  1. Avatar Troublesome Frog
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    Is this one of those situations where the proposed solution to our potential enemies having drones is for us to build more drones than they have? Problem solved, right?

    I always assumed that our military’s interest in laser weapons was largely in anticipation of the day when every nation and wannabe militia has its own fleet of cheap DIY drones with sticks of dynamite attached.Report

  2. Avatar Kim
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    News out of the civvies making drones isn’t sounding too good (understatement).
    I suspect once Amazon has functional drones, all countries will have (non militarized) drones shortly.

    Note: non militarized drones serve the same function as WWI planes did originally. Intelligence.Report

  3. Avatar zic
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    Drones can carry stuff besides weapons.

    Cameras; like this video made by younger sprout:

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  4. Avatar zic
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    Second try, and here’s hoping someone deleted my previous comment.

    Drones can carry stuff besides weapons. Cameras. Younger sprout made this:

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  5. Avatar Damon
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    America, we have a PENDING DRONE GAP!!!!!

    Warning warning warning.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled program.Report

  6. Avatar j r
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    Vox is basically Max Headroom to Ezra Klein’s Edison Carter; except that Edison Carter was a crusading investigative journalist and Ezra Klein is a milqutoast scribe of the conventional wonkish wisdom. And that’s not necessarily a put-down. It’s better to be a conveyor of a slightly more examined conventional wisdom than a sensationalist partisan hack.

    It just seems that the Washington Post was the perfect place for Klein and now that he’s out on his own, I wonder what niche that model will find. I, for one, really don’t like blogs without comments. On a well-curated blog, commenters often perform a corrective function. When something doesn’t pass the smell test, someone in the audience with some specific knowledge will often chime in and offer a rebuttal or a clarification. That phenomenon is a fairly important function in how I consume the internet. When I want to simply absorb a narrative, I go to the legacy media. I guess we will see if there are enough people who feel exactly the opposite as I feel.Report

  7. Avatar notme
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    Meh, maybe they don’t do the best job but the gist of the story is right. The criticism is a bit much though. There is a drone race given that folks have seen the great use the US has made of drones. They don’t have to be that sophisticated to be useful. Take the IAI Scout, one of the oldest uavs, it isn’t that big or complex but is very useful for recon purposes.Report

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