Enemy UAVs Threaten Our Security
By Lieutenant Colonel Glen Butler, U.S. Marine Corps
All U.S. forces engaged in the Global War on Terrorism ("Long War") must be prepared for an evolving, potentially increasing, and deadly asymmetric threat from the sky. In June 2001, it was widely reported that Osama bin Laden planned to attack the G-8 Summit in Genoa, Italy, the following month, to assassinate President George W. Bush and other Western world leaders. The supposed method for this attack: a bomb-laden remote-controlled airplane-or, in U.S. military parlance, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV; within the Beltway now called UAS, unmanned aircraft system). Despite Secret Service and military precautions before the summit to guard against such a threat, this still-viable hazard has received little attention since it faded into obscurity following the tragic events of that September.