Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Issue 10

Do drones present new military opportunities or are they simply an updated technological variant of age-old weapons and tactics?
Background Essay
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Background Essay

Drones: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

by Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In 1907, just four years after the Wright Brothers had flown a few hundred yards across the beaches of North Carolina, H. G. Wells imagined The War in the Air. In Wells’ dark fantasy, the German Empire employs a fleet of airships to preemptively attack the United States, its only potential scientific, industrial, and geopolitical peer. The German target was New York.

Featured Commentary
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Featured Commentary

What, If Anything, Is Strategically New About Weaponized Drones?

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Strategika
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Since the introduction of weaponized drones as a tool of counterterrorism by the Bush administration not long after 9/11, and especially since their use was ramped up dramatically by the Obama administration, their strategic meaning and value has been sharply debated. The answers vary wildly and often run to extremes, starting with the question of whether they constitute something “new” in armed conflict.

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Drones—An Evolution, Not A Revolution, In Warfare

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In the past five years, drones have acquired the aura of a revolutionary military technology, as a result of spectacular successes in killing Islamist militants.