Reports from Ukraine are replete with stories of Turkish Javelin anti-tank missiles and Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles destroying Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers. The Biden administration has announced $800 million in defensive weapons for Ukraine, including javelins, Stinger anti-aircraft weapons and Switchblade drones. More amazing is what Ukraine has also done on the cheap. And I’m not talking about Molotov cocktails.
Wars are increasingly asymmetrical – the less armed side can fight a bitter fight. The United States learned this in Iraq with the insurgents’ use of improvised explosive devices, essentially roadside bombs detonated with cell phones. Similarly, Ukraine deploys inexpensive, almost homemade weapons and uses technology to its advantage.