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At Special Ops Conference in Tampa, all kinds of guns, drones and more

TAMPA — Warriors have been looking for a technological edge since ancient times, when someone came up with the bright idea of attaching a sharpened rock to the end of a long stick.

Henry V’s archers used the longbow to mow down a larger French army at Agincourt in 1415.

Warriors are still looking for the more-lethal mousetrap.

The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference opened Tuesday at the Tampa Convention Center as more than 300 companies displayed the latest weapons and technology available to the U.S. military. More than 10,000 people from industry, the military and the greater defense community are expected to attend the three-day event.

The convention is held annually in Tampa because U.S. Special Operations Command, which directs the nation’s special forces, is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base.

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