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Major Advances in U.S. Military Weapons

US News & World Report writes: “Rapid advancements in U.S. military technology over 15 years of conflict have yielded weapons with an effectiveness that at times outpaces the rules governing their use, offering the incoming commander-in-chief broad latitude to decide how and when to deploy some of America’s most far-reaching instruments of war.”

“George W. Bush’s administration first saw the benefit of using drones to find, track and kill America’s enemies across the globe. Under President Barack Obama, these missions increased exponentially as the technology developed and the demand soared for an ability to wage war without endangering Americans. And still, the rules governing the use of these weapons are as much agreed-upon custom as they are established laws.”

“As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, he has not yet made clear how his fledgling administration will wade into the legally gray area surrounding drones as well as other modern tactics like cyber tools and the use of highly trained special operations forces with deep experience finding, surveilling and killing high-value targets.”

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