By James DeShaw Rae
The booklet examines important arguments for and opposed to using unmanned aerial autos for surveillance and 'targeted killing.' Addressing each side of the argument with transparent and cogent info, the ebook offers a radical advent to ongoing debate concerning the way forward for war and its moral implications.
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Extra info for Analyzing the Drone Debates: Targeted Killing, Remote Warfare, and Military Technology
2 Some observers suggest that owing to their accuracy, drones can employ their “persistent stare” and “unblinking eye” to put “warheads on foreheads” and actually reduce the likelihood of civilian casualties in warfare. Drones can detect troop deployments, naval exercises, the movement of weapons systems, and terrorist training camps. S. S. S. S. outlook: To begin with, our actions are effective ... Simply put, these strikes have saved lives ... Remember that the terrorists we are after target civilians, and the death toll from their acts of terrorism against Muslims dwarfs any estimate of civilian casualties from drone strikes.
S. S. S. 132 Nearly all sources agree that civilian death tolls are declining in recent years; since 2009, drone strikes have become more accurate and resulted in relatively low to moderate civilian casualties. S. S. 134 If ordinary people die from attacks inside countries not in combat, the trade-off between military necessity and protection of civilians becomes all the more palpable as drones afford few excuses for collateral damage. S. 137 Sharkey goes further to say perhaps “it would be useful to have decision makers draw up a table of how many civilian casualties/deaths would be acceptable for each of the al Qaeda suspects thought to be in the deeper end of the talent pool.
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.
Analyzing the Drone Debates: Targeted Killing, Remote Warfare, and Military Technology by James DeShaw Rae