How missiles and drones are shaping the future of the military

Missiles, drones and mercenaries are changing world warfare. Armed drones are growing in military importance as conflicts around the world have proven the usefulness of these effective tools of warfare. Companies in China, Turkey and Russia, among others, have developed advanced remotely piloted aircraft that can use guided weapons on and off the battlefield. The widespread use of drones in Iraq and Afghanistan by the United States to target and kill hijacked insurgents has opened a new chapter in the history of conflict. These high-flying, remotely piloted aircraft could engage targets with impunity while operators work safely in a ground control station. “Today we have seen more than 100 states around the world using military drones and that number is growing dramatically,” said Wim Zwijnenburg, Project Manager, Humanitarian Disarmament at PAX. “We have over 20 states that use armed drones in conflict or outside of armed conflict.” Keeping crews out of harm’s way has also made drones politically cheap to operate in dangerous skies. Today, more and more countries are acquiring this military capability for their own purposes. Meanwhile, technological advances have reached missiles. Missile sales are the second largest defense export to the United States and production is dominated by a handful of companies such as Raytheon, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. A number of start-ups with cheaper technologies are challenging the long-standing status quo of expensive missiles and hypersonic hover weapons. If these start-ups are successful, they will change the missile economy. In addition to drones and missiles, mercenaries also disrupt the world war. The private security sector in the United States is a massive industry that employs hundreds of thousands of people. These companies can range from security contracts at shopping malls to former US Special Forces soldiers guarding diplomats. Private security is expected to grow to an $81 billion industry by 2023, and that’s in the United States alone, according to the Freedonia Group. This goes far beyond security guards hired to protect industrial areas, commercial areas and residential areas. SEGMENTS: 00:00 – Why Demand For Armed Drones Is Rising (May 2021) 10:34 – How Defense Contractors Are Making Billions From Missile Sales (December 2020) 21:20 – How The Private Military Industry Is is globalized (July 2020)

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