Drones have become the controversial new weapon of choice for the US military abroad. Unmanned details the causes and deadly consequences of this terrifying new development in warfare, and explores the implications for international law and global peace.
Ann Rogers and John Hill argue that drones represent the first truly globalized technology of war. The book shows how unmanned systems are changing not simply how wars are fought, but the meaning of conflict itself.
Providing an unparalleled account of new forms of twenty-first century imperial warfare, Unmanned shows how drone systems dissolve the conventional obstacles of time and space that have traditionally shaped conflict in the international system. It considers the possibility that these weapons will become normalized in global conflict, raising the spectre of new, unpredictable, and unaccountable forms of warfare.
Rogers and Hill combine thoughtful analysis with a flair for fresh and accessible writing. Their contention that we have entered an era of nano-war is disturbing yet bears serious thought by policymakers, war fighters, scholars and the public alike.
– Christopher Jasparro, co-author of International Conflict Over Water Resources in Himalayan Asia
|List of abbreviations|
|Chapter 1||From Balloons to Big Safari: UAV Development|
|Chapter 2||The Drone Takes Off|
|Chapter 3||The UAV and Military Doctrine|
|Chapter 4||The Consequences of Killing Without Consequences|
|Chapter 5||Targets: The View From Below|
|Chapter 6||Unlegal: Justifying a Drone War|
|Chapter 7||Killer Robots|
|Chapter 8||From Man O’War to Nano-War: Revolutions in Military Affairs|