Drone Warfare by John Kaag, Sarah Kreps

By John Kaag, Sarah Kreps

The most major and arguable advancements in modern conflict is using unmanned aerial automobiles, regularly often called drones. within the final decade, US drone moves have greater than doubled and their deployment is remodeling the best way wars are fought around the globe. yet how did drones declare such a massive function in smooth army making plans? and the way are they altering army technique and the ethics of warfare and peace? What criteria could successfully restrict their use? may still there also be a restrict?

Drone warfare is the 1st ebook to have interaction totally with the political, felony, and moral dimensions of UAVs. In it, political scientist Sarah Kreps and thinker John Kaag speak about the extreme enlargement of drone courses from the chilly battle to the current day and their so-called ‘effectiveness’ in clash zones. Analysing the political implications of drone know-how for overseas and family coverage in addition to public opinion, the authors cross directly to research the strategic place of the us - via a ways the world’s such a lot prolific agency of drones - to argue that US army supremacy may be used to enshrine a brand new set of foreign agreements and treaties aimed toward controlling using UAVs sooner or later.

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As the title suggests, this is a book about drones. We take drones as our subject because we believe that the speed of technological development in this area has far outpaced our understanding of how that technology interacts with politics, international law, and ethics. This is not a book about the evolution of airpower, or weapons technology, over time. Consequently, our reservations about drones are not tantamount to endorsements of previous, less precise technologies like carpet-bombing. 4 Rather, we seek to elucidate ongoing debates about drone policy by emphasizing, for example, that even a technology that makes discrimination between civilians and combatants easier does not obviate the problem of discrimination, and that minimizing risks to American pilots may save lives in the short term but it also undermines the accountability linkages that keep wars short and bounded in the long term.

In the concluding chapter of the book, we highlight the unprecedented strategic choices that the United States currently faces with its drone capabilities. We argue that this historical moment is analogous to the military and political hegemony that the United States enjoyed after World War II. At that time, the United States willingly limited its power through a web of international agreements, and eventually, arms treaties. We propose that a similar set of actions could be taken with regard to the use of drones, with the United States setting standards through its behavior on the legitimate use of drones, one that is more restrained but also more transparent in terms of the compatibility between targeting decisions and its ethical and legal commitments.

The scope of our book, however, is limited to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in military strikes, and more specifically to targeted killings. We address the issue of UAV intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance only tangentially. Most military drones are not directly involved in targeted killings, but in this book we do not address the question of UAVs for nonlethal missions, both domestic and international, which present qualitatively different challenges. Instead, we focus on the way that combat drones stand to transform how wars are fought, and, perhaps more importantly, on the way that we understand the very definitions of war and peace.

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