Arthur Herman writes at National Review Online about one of the rare instances in which President Obama’s defense policy deserves kudos.

It’s not often that President Obama does something right, least of all in the defense realm. But his presidency is going to be remembered as one that oversaw an important revolution in warfighting, one that has the potential to restore American military prowess in ways we can’t yet grasp.

The proof came with the unmanned-aerial-vehicle (UAV) strike on Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammed Mansour last week, in which multiple drones were used to track and then destroy Mansour’s car before it entered the densely populated city of Quetta, Pakistan, where a drone strike would been a more difficult and messier affair.

It’s just one of the more than 500 unmanned air strikes Obama has ordered since taking office — compared with just 52 under George W. Bush.

In March, however, Pentagon masterminds raised the UAV game to a significant new level. A raid on a training camp belonging to Somalia’s al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab at Raso, 120 miles north of Mogadishu, used multiple unmanned aircraft to blow up no less than 150 jihadi fighters (manned aircraft were also involved). It might not be the first time a drone “squadron” has been involved in an attack on terrorist forces; the Pentagon isn’t letting on. But it does mark a turning point, not just in the war on terror but in how America can envision the future of airpower in more conventional conflicts as well.

In short, we are on the verge of using drones in a sustained air campaign, the type of battle that was typical in World War II and in Korea, when waves of aircraft provided support for advancing ground troops. But this time the ground troops don’t have to be American and the aircraft are all unmanned.