Yemen's Houthi rebel group, part of a regional network of militants backed by Iran, claims to be behind the drone strikes on two Saudi oil facilities that have the
potential to disrupt global oil supplies.
A report from the United Nations Security Council published in January suggests that Houthi forces have obtained more powerful drone weaponry than what was previously available to them, and that the newer drones have the capability to travel greater distances and inflict more harm.
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 most exciting advancement in the evolution of the otherwise boring-as-hell world of drones isn’t the MQ-9 Reaper, favored by the Pentagon to replace the iconic Predator: It’s the Navy’s MQ-25 program, an unmanned refueling aircraft that can extend the range of carrier-based fighters far beyond their normal capabilities.
Tired of donning a duty belt and cammie blouse only to have the bottom half of the shirt puff out like a MARPAT mini-skirt as you patrol the barracks? Well, you’re in luck: The results of the Marine Corps’s latest uniform board review are here, and now you can tuck in that blouse (sometimes), hold on to your issued gloves and beanie, and if you spend the workday behind a console controlling a UAV — you can let everyone know with a new badge.