Magazine article Arms Control Today

Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation

Magazine article Arms Control Today

Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation

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Micah Zenko and Sarah Kreps, Council on Foreign Relations, June 2014

In this report, Micah Zenko and Sarah Kreps of the Council on Foreign Relations address the prospect of armed drone proliferation and its implications for U.S. policymakers and interests. Zenko and Kreps contend that although the consequences of drone proliferation are years away, the failure to establish "rules of the road" now will have "grave consequences" for U.S. efforts to prevent armed conflict, promote human rights, and strengthen international law and norms. The authors say the unique qualities of drones-their ability to hover over a target and strike time-sensitive targets without risk to the pilot-make militarized disputes more likely by lowering the threshold for the use of force and increasing the risk of miscalculation. …

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