“Ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will tend to be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon--so long as there is no answer to it--gives claws to the weak.”— George Orwell, 1945
23 And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people. 24 He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places of the province; and he shall do what his fathers have not done, nor his forefathers: he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil, and riches; and he shall devise his plans against the strongholds, but only for a time.
And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
Retired Gen. James Cartwright offers a fresh view on defense
The former Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman questioned the emphasis on additional manned aircraft, tanks and land vehicles, saying unmanned systems will prove more effective.
I was in a Verizon store yesterday, where they have a 4-rotor drone with video camera for $299.99. Only 100 yard range. One controls it with an iphone or ipad by tilting it. They wanted to demonstrate the drone it but the battery was dead.
Then there are other simpler devices like fertilizer IEDs and cruise missiles, like the one Hezbollah used to cripple an Israeli warship years ago. The world has changed but the Pentagon hasn't, even after it's told that there won't be any more failed Asian invasions.