Drone Warfare

Drone Warfare

Killing By Remote Control

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Drone Warfare is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of nearly 7,500, and the US Air Force now trains more drone “pilots” than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. The human cost? Drone strikes have killed more than 200 children alone in Pakistan and Yemen.

CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin provides the first extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who controls these unmanned planes, and what are the legal and moral implications of their use. In vivid, readable style, this book also looks at what activists, lawyers, and scientists across the globe are doing to ground these weapons. Benjamin argues that the assassinations we are carrying out from the air will come back to haunt us when others start doing the same thing—to us.
Groundbreaking exposé of the rapid shift to robot warfare, by a leading antiwar activist.

Baker & Taylor
A comprehensive analysis on the rise of robot warfare, including who is producing drones, where they are being used, and what the legal and moral implications of using them are.

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The rise of drone warfare during the first decade of the 21st century is not only a new way of waging war, it is also a big business. Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange, provides a history and an attempt at analysis of the phenomenon. While little here is new--much of the actual data is available to those who want to spend a bit of time digging, and reports have been issued by both NGOs and policy think tanks, Benjamin's account differs in its approach. Rather than a dry game-theoretical and tactical analysis of previous reports, she tackles the subject with considerable humanity and empathy, making this story of the development and applications of robot warfare human. Social costs of drone warfare take a central place, as opposed to narrow military cost-benefit analysis prevalent in other histories, and an all-important aspect of war as big business, perhaps the most distasteful part of the whole affair is not ignored. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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A leading antiwar activist examines the United States' rapid shift to robot warfare. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: London : Verso, 2013
Edition: Updated ed
Description: ix, 246 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781781680773
Branch Call Number: 623.7469 Ben


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May 06, 2014

Drones are very important to the command and control of any population by the plutocracy and the hegemons they command: first they target you by your smartphone, or cell GPS locator or else your IP address (with the Obama administration passing the Internet ID legislation) then they can zap you accordingly. The next obvious step is to couple drones with AI, which would have a limited algorithm to determine your threat matrix, or whether you were acting within the parameters of all activities which have been criminalized, which is most, if not all, activities today.

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