Justin Bronk, research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, described the drone as “very sophisticated” and said it was unlikely that the military aircraft would have strayed accidentally into Iranian air space.
Just like extreme manoeuvrability in a turning fight and the quest for ever greater speed, hiding an aircraft from radar returns will eventually be superseded by other approaches to survivability. Potential alternative approaches are already under development
Barack Obama was elected four years ago on the promise of a rapprochement with the Arab and Islamic world. His failure to effectively implement that vision, coupled with anti-American protests and the murder of a US Ambassador in Libya, have resulted in widespread disappointment. But will Mitt Romney’s promise of being more hard-nosed help the situation?
Retrenchment will be the dominating theme for US foreign policy whoever wins the presidential elections on 6 November. The next president will face a protectionist Congress; a military undergoing huge defence cuts; and a public opinion that has lost interest in foreign affairs and feels that nation-building should begin at home.
The recent collapse in the value of Iran’s currency symbolises Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency: one of political and economic mismanagement. There is an economic imperative for the next president to end Iran’s international isolation or the Islamic Republic will face even greater economic pain.