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By James DeShaw Rae

The publication examines primary arguments for and opposed to using unmanned aerial cars for surveillance and 'targeted killing.' Addressing each side of the argument with transparent and cogent information, the booklet presents a radical advent to ongoing debate concerning the way forward for battle and its moral implications.

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S. -Pakistan relations, the politics are quite complicated. Employing drone strikes in Pakistan are better than boots on the ground for both sides; they leave a plausible deniability for the Pakistani government to argue its sovereignty is not being violated in the same way as more visible occupying forces or the raid by commandos to kill bin Laden and they avoid American casualties in the hostile terrain of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Under a 2002 deal, then President Pervez Musharraf allowed the United States to violate Pakistan’s sovereignty in hot pursuit, when troops were in contact with the enemy, personnel recovery, and actions against the “Big Three” (bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, or Mullah Mohammed Omar).

This is especially true when the United States is “fighting” for the “hearts and minds” of a population suffering from bombing campaigns and other tactics of warfare. Drones in Conventional Warfare With the strategic advantage of asymmetric war, drones can operate effectively in a permissive environment where no air defense can interdict them and thus countries have the opportunity to be more discerning of targeting. 0005  Analyzing the Drone Debates drones can operate easily. The use of drones differs greatly in a total war with a wide range of conventional forces including anti-aircraft capabilities that could render drones relatively ineffective.

Drones in Conventional Warfare With the strategic advantage of asymmetric war, drones can operate effectively in a permissive environment where no air defense can interdict them and thus countries have the opportunity to be more discerning of targeting. 0005  Analyzing the Drone Debates drones can operate easily. The use of drones differs greatly in a total war with a wide range of conventional forces including anti-aircraft capabilities that could render drones relatively ineffective. S. 141 Drones would need a larger engine to become more maneuverable, but in order to do so must carry more fuel which drives up size and weight and means the aircraft will lose flight time.

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