Imagine a drone connected to a mobile ground station by a powered tether similar to a dog on a leash. The ground station would be able to feed the drone (via the tether) electricity and water while also providing its user with persistent surveillance. This type of drone currently exists and could provide the U.S. military, the U.S. Border Patrol, first responders, and others with significant improvements.
Middle Eastern countries prohibited from purchasing armed drones from the United States are flocking to another increasingly influential seller in the Chinese government, according to a new report from the Associated Press, sales that "are helping expand Chinese influence across a region vital to American security interests."
The U.S. military has spent millions of dollars on the standard Blue Force Tracking system to boost the situational awareness of warfighters downrange, but strap a reflective belt on an unmanned drone and bam: improved awareness at a fraction of the cost.