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Drone: Remote Control Warfare

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Drones are changing the conduct of war. Deployed at presidential discretion, they can be used in regular war zones or to kill people in such countries as Yemen and Somalia, where the United States is not officially at war. Advocates say that drones are more precise than conventional bombers, allowing warfare with minimal civilian deaths while keeping American pilots out of ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published May 13th 2016 by Mit Press
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Ken
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the most important book I've read in a while. It is highly readable and informative, and offers as balanced a report on the history, contemporary issues and potential futures involved in Drone warfare.

This is a topic that is only going to matter more in the coming years, and it is one about which we all need to be more informed. This book does a great job getting that important information out in as easy-to-comprehend a way as possible.
Stephen Case
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
How will the Obama presidency be remembered? However else our first African American president is valued or villainized, an important aspect of his presidency that must be recognized is the fundamental changes to how warfare is conducted, instigated by the usage of drones. This did not begin with the Obama administration, but as Hugh Gusterson recounts in the brief history of drones that begins his study, is was greatly expanded and continually transformed under the outgoing administration.

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David M
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Mostly a polemic against the use of drones outside combat. Deals with the stress RPA crews are under, the volume of data they have to process, the difficulty of killing then going home to a normal life the same day, etc.
Paul Heikkila
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gusterson's book is a really interesting discussion of the uses of drones in warfare. It is largely based on available literature by those who have piloted drones for the military, or by other observers, both social scientists and the press. It isn't clear if Gusterson did anything we might call "fieldwork" among either those using drones or those targeted by them. I found it a bit puzzling when Gusteron critiqued those who divided the turf into good guys and bad guys and then spoke of good jour ...more
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