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The Pentagon?s new budget is less drone filler, more drone killer

Air power is available to anyone with a few hundred dollars and a willingness to get creative. Though never exclusively the domain of nations, flying machines that can be bent toward war are cheaper than ever, thanks to a thriving commercial market for hobbyist drones.

Stopping drones ? from the cheapest quadcopters haphazardly weaponized by insurgents to the advanced machines procured by America?s near-peer competitors ? has become a major concern for the Pentagon. Which is why, when it comes to the fiscal 2020 budget, the Defense Department?s request for counter-drone spending … dropped by roughly half. (Yes, you should be scratching your head.)

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