Analyzing the Drone Debates: Targeted Killing, Remote by James DeShaw Rae

By James DeShaw Rae

The e-book examines imperative arguments for and opposed to using unmanned aerial autos for surveillance and 'targeted killing.' Addressing either side of the argument with transparent and cogent info, the e-book offers an intensive creation to ongoing debate concerning the way forward for war and its moral implications.

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23 Human Costs and Efficiencies Ground troops occupying territory obviously cost much more in men and material than air patrols. If one figures in the cost in human lives for armed forces operating in a combat area or danger zone, drones quickly become incomparable. Soldiers on the ground are dependent on the intelligence gained from their small hand-launched drones which can spot enemy fighters or an ambush. Likewise, targeted killing is a bargain compared to commando raids in remote locations to either kill or capture, exemplified by the long preparatory training by SEAL Team Six for the May 2011 Operation Neptune Spear raid on bin Laden’s Abbottobad compound which lost a helicopter that was later shared with Chinese intelligence.

142 Some of the resistance to drone usage in conventional air warfare comes from those devoted more to the martial arts and personal heroism of combat and loathe being replaced by remote control, though these critiques still assume frequent air engagements in a conventional setting against a sophisticated foe despite the reality that most wars are asymmetric. 143 Regardless, any major power wishing to effectively project its forces will incorporate drones into its arsenal. 144 Brian Jackson et al.

S. 62 Nearly all of these groups employ violence and abuse international standards of human rights, but their people are living and fighting in their own homeland, the overlapping mostly Pashtun areas of southern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. Another danger of becoming too deeply involved in domestic politics is the tit-for-tat responses that often lead to intractable conflicts. 65 Indeed, Pakistan’s military has sponsored the various Taliban while those same groups perpetrate violence against the civilian government.

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