- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. "armed drones are different from any previous form of artillery because they can linger over and assess a target for many hours."
2. "armed drones also make it possible to wage war against particular individuals."
3. "there is a lower threshold for the use of force when armed drones are an option."
4. "drone warfare is taking place in an unprecedented information environment in which the U.S. government collects ever-vaster amounts of data."
Bonus: Here’s nine more facts from Mr. Bergen about drone proliferation.