Academic journal article Military Review

Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy

Academic journal article Military Review

Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy

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DRONE WARS: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy

Edited by Peter L. Bergen and Daniel Rothenberg, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2014, 512 pages

The book Drone Wars is an extensive anthology on the current debates surrounding the use of armed aerial drones in contemporary conflicts. The editors compiled a list of twenty-two essays and divided them into four major topic areas: drones on the ground, drones and the law of war, drones and policy, and drones and the future of war. Each topic area provides an in-depth view of the political, ethical, legal, and moral arguments surrounding the employment of armed drones. Contributing authors provide a wide array of opinions and observations detailing both the pros and cons of drone warfare. Many of the authors are subject matter experts in the fields of international law, policy, and strategy development. Others come from academia, media, government, and various think tanks from around the country. This impressive list helps to make the book an authoritative source on drone warfare.

Anthologies are dependent on the quality of their contributing authors, and Drone Wars does not lack quality authors. One of the leading experts on the evolution of robotics and drone warfare, Peter W. Singer, who is best known for his book, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, contributed a compelling essay on what he calls the "five deadly flaws" of thinking concerning emerging drone technology. Singer's essay describes the emergence of robotic military technologies and how they are fundamentally transforming law, ethics, and our general view of war. …

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