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Technology, Intelligence and Boots

With yesterday's successful liquidation of Zarqawi and his immediate circle of friends, David Axe reminds that all of the technology in the world cannot replace HumInt.

Drones such as Predator and the larger, unarmed Global Hawk are critical nodes in an expanding adaptive network of sensors and shooters combining aircraft and ground forces from all the U.S. services. The military's aim is to blanket a combat zone in this network, spotting and killing Time-Sensitive Targets (TSTs) in minutes' time. The Zarqawi raid represents the network's first headline-worthy success.

Calling it the "first headline-worthy success" may be a bit of an overstatement, but he illustrates the dependence of technology upon good intelligence quite well, nonetheless.