Why It’s So Hard to Defend Against Drones

An Israeli drone that crashed in southern Beirut in August on display at the Lebanese Defense Ministry, in Yarzeh, Lebanon, Sept. 19, 2019 (AP photo by Bilal Hussein).
An Israeli drone that crashed in southern Beirut in August on display at the Lebanese Defense Ministry, in Yarzeh, Lebanon, Sept. 19, 2019 (AP photo by Bilal Hussein).
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The attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia last month cut the country’s oil production in half, leading to a 20 percent spike in the price of oil and exposing the surprising vulnerability of the Saudi oil industry, which is vital to the global energy supply. It was all apparently the work of a handful of drones and cruise missiles. It was just the latest incident, but certainly the most high-stakes geopolitically, of what is usually referred to as “suspected drone activity.” Interruptions to commercial aircraft have become increasingly frequent, when planes must be diverted to another location because a […]

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