Drone wars have reached an early stage of maturity with China beginning to include them in their mix of national security power tools.
Chinese officials this month sent a drone near disputed islands administered by Japan; debated using a weaponized drone last year to kill a criminal suspect in Myanmar; and sold homemade drones resembling the Predator, an American model, to other countries for less than a million dollars each. Meanwhile, online photographs reveal a stealth combat drone, the Lijian, or Stealth Sword, in a runway test in May.
Some suggested in a recent Kennedy Center panel discussion that drones pose less of a challenge in the mode of warfare than a broader consideration of the overall strategy of conflict. Are we heading toward a Blade Runner era of battle?