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The proliferation of small, cheap drones is the “most concerning tactical development” since the rise of the improvised explosive device in Iraq, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., head of US Central Command said last year.
US security forces airmen in Kuwait are stepping up their counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems efforts following a series of drone strikes against U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq and Syria since January 4. Two armed drones were shot down as they headed toward a US facility at Baghdad airport. On Jan. 5, two explosives-laden drones targeting an Iraqi military base housing US troops were again downed by base air defenses.
U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army assets have been bolstering their c-SUAS efforts, which has helped develop seminars to provide leadership with guidance on countering drone threats, according to af.mil. The one-on-one seminars based on real-time video or pictures provide general leadership with a better understanding of what drones can be used for.
While the U.S. military officially ended its combat mission in Iraq in December, around 2,500 troops will remain in-country in an advisory role, according to airforcetimes.com.