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    Despite Deadly Attack, US Military Still Grappling with How to Handle Enemy Drones

    Despite Deadly Attack, US Military Still Grappling with How to Handle Enemy Drones

    Funerals began Tuesday for the three U.S. service members who were killed — among scores of others injured — last month following a drone attack in Jordan. But two weeks after the attack on the remote base, the Pentagon has not outlined any moves to bolster defenses against the drone threat in the region.

    Defense officials and experts have spent the last decade warning against the oncoming threats of drones in future warfare, even as the U.S. has enjoyed virtually unchallenged superiority since the Korean War. Those warnings became stark reality when the drone launched by -backed militants struck trailers where troops slept on Jan. 28.

    In October, the Pentagon pledged more air defense systems to the Middle East, but much of the military's own doctrine still has few answers for how troops are supposed to counter drones. For example, the Army's 596-page doctrine that covers much of its ground warfare tactics mentions drones only once and that infantry are simply supposed to shoot machine guns at them. That doctrine was last updated Jan. 11.

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    “It's a simple misunderstanding of how drones have changed and how wars are fought,” Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., told Military.com in an interview.

    “There is no such thing as a safe [area of operation] anymore,” Gallego, a Marine Corps veteran and House Armed…

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