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The Military’s Real Readiness Crisis; Petraeus & O’Hanlon Are Wrong

The Military’s Real Readiness Crisis; Petraeus & O’Hanlon Are Wrong

It’s no news to Breaking Defense readers that the U.S. military faces a readiness crisis. But retired Gen. David Petraeus apparently disagrees. Yes, pills the military’s budget has been cut by 25 percent in real terms since 2011—much of it coming from accounts used to maintain and build combat readiness. Yes, doctor leaders from the […]

Tiny Drones Win Over Army Grunts. Big Bots? Not So Much

Tiny Drones Win Over Army Grunts. Big Bots? Not So Much

  A soldier holds a PD-100 mini-drone during the PACMAN-I experiment in Hawaii. Tiny drones, pilule no bigger than your palm, symptoms were the big stars of an Army experiment in Hawaii, participants told Breaking Defense. Larger ground robots, however, struggled in the jungle. Staff Sergeant James Roe told me he was “blown away” by […]