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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím

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A TSUNAMI OF WEAPONS

For decades the tools of war kept growing more complex, costly, and, as a result, harder to obtain. But though the United States and other countries still have their share of gold-plated wonders, the military aircraft best suited to warfare today is not a fighter jet but something far less expensive and far more flexible: the unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone.

A wide range of drones now serve as decoys, conduct reconnaissance missions, or launch missile strikes for a growing number of nations. Their cost ranges from as low as a few thousand dollars for a simple noncombat, short-range drone to about $15 million for a Reaper hunter-killer drone. Drones are not a new concept. But technological advances in recent decades have ...

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