Iran has long claimed it managed to reverse-engineer the RQ-170 Sentinel, seized in December 2011 after it entered Iranian airspace from its eastern border with Afghanistan, and that it's capable of launching its own production line for the unmanned aircraft.
Spies used to carry cyanide pills to use if they were caught. James Bonds brief cases were rigged to blow if they were messed with. All the missiles I ever tracked in the day were equipped with a self-destruct system should something go wrong.
Yet the United States sends unmanned drones into enemy airspace without so much as a firecracker to go bang if it is captured and pried open for study.
I can't decide whether to laugh at their stupidity, or cry at their stupidity.
We have to get over this idea that because they are government people they are really, really smart - all super trained, super educated and other nonsensical stuff - and are able to make better decisions than your average crowbar-wielding Ghetto resident.
Gotta remind ourselves that most of them are graduates of today's university and college system, which means that independent action, logic and critical thinking are completely alien to them.
We spend billions of tax dollars engineering and designing all this hi-tech stuff... and then our government just gives it all away to our competitors and enemies.
Still waiting for somebody with clout to say "Enough is enough!"