Ryan Ricks’ Response to Drones Reshaping Wars and Warfighters
Written by: Ryan Ricks on 09/22/2011
(see original article: Drones Reshaping Wars and Warfighters)
Your discussion of the way drones shape the way we fight is, I think, quite cogent. It is a new option, a shiny new toy, and one for which our generals may have been searching out opportunities to deploy. I would add another point. Not only do drones allow us to strike enemies and effect change, but they also may provide a way and potential tendency for the government to involve itself more deeply without alerting the public. The government has always been able to send in small strike teams, but those tend to work on a shorter, more limited basis. The example of this idea, of course, is Yemen, where Bush, and then Obama, have waged a secret CIA war with drones. While the CIA by itself is quite capable, unmanned drones give them a ready-made air force and increase their capability to make what amounts to war. I predict that the availability of drones and other, similar technologies will decrease the amount of information the public knows about.