The need for the long-awaited “air force” for ground forces is visible from Israel’s borders with Syria and the Gaza Strip. The signs grew particularly clear in mid-December, when Hamas resumed rocket launches and Iran strengthened its foothold in Syria. Still, the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF) ground troops has not been a given. In fact, the Israeli Air Force, which has controlled UAS operations since Israeli ...

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