Drone Warfare

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One of the most significant and controversial developments incontemporary warfare is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles,commonly referred to as drones. In the last decade, US dronestrikes have more than doubled and their deployment is transformingthe way wars are fought across the globe. But how did drones claimsuch an important role in modern military planning? And how arethey changing military strategy and the ethics of war and peace?What standards might effectively limit their use? Should there evenbe a limit?

Drone warfare is the first book to engage fully with thepolitical, legal, and ethical dimensions of UAVs. In it, politicalscientist Sarah Kreps and philosopher John Kaag discuss theextraordinary expansion of drone programs from the Cold War to thepresent day and their so-called effectiveness inconflict zones. Analysing the political implications of dronetechnology for foreign and domestic policy as well as publicopinion, the authors go on to examine the strategic position of theUnited States - by far the worlds most prolific employer ofdrones - to argue that US military supremacy could be used toenshrine a new set of international agreements and treaties aimedat controlling the use of UAVs in the future.
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Sarah Kreps is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University.

John Kaag is professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachussetts, Lowell.
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John Wiley & Sons
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Jul 17, 2014
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