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U.S. Sees War-Zone Drones as New Improvised Explosive Devices

  • Central Command chief urges full-scale development effort
  • Iran groups have conducted ‘scores’ of drone recon flights

Drones deployed by Iran or its surrogates for reconnaissance and potential attacks against U.S. forces in the Middle East are the most daunting new regional threat since improvised explosive devices were deployed during the Iraq war, according to the top U.S. commander in the region.

The “growing threat posed by unmanned aerial systems, coupled with our lack of dependable, networked capabilities to counter them is the most concerning tactical development” in the Middle East since IEDs, General Frank McKenzie, who heads the U.S. Central Command, said in a written statement Tuesday to the House Armed Services Committee.