As the West takes its interests and forces increasingly into the countries of the Middle East, there is an inevitable backlash from the mostly Islamic populations there, many of which espouse the extreme views of terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and others. Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain particularly face a difficult challenge in repelling these groups, as anti-western sentiment there is widespread and growing.
Unseen, Unheard, Unmanned: CBP Office of Air and Marine uses Predator aircraft for border security and emergency response
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is growing its fleet of unmanned aircraft to secure borders and respond to humanitarian emergencies. Advanced communications and surveillance technologies, along with advantages of remote piloting, provide new opportunities to monitor vast landscapes and support efforts on the ground, from capturing drug smugglers to analyzing flood damage.
When the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism was established in 2007, members assumed that the greatest threat to the United States was the use of a nuclear weapon on an American city. After interviewing 250 experts, they changed their minds.