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Small, Smart and Many: How Drones Will Defeat Legacy Platforms on the Battlefield

Large numbers of smart, inexpensive drones will defeat the few and bespoke fifth-generation fighters and new long-range bombers currently being fielded by Western forces 

Depending on their choices, this development could be either a major hazard or opportunity for middle powers.The convergence of dramatic improvements in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, materials, additive manufacturing and nano-energetics are shifting cost-effectiveness calculations in favour of the ‘small, smart and many’. Militaries have previously experienced this level of technological change and convergence. At the beginning of the First World War,

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