The notion of semiautonomous machines battling our wars for us, to some extent, still seems like something out of Star Wars. Imagine how advantageous it would be to have legions of C3P0’s with laser rifles and R2D2’s that shoot laser guided rockets. Over the past several decades innovations in military technology have changed the course of military tactics and warfare itself. Drones have transcended themselves from the pages of science-fiction to the articles of science-fact, thus our need to utilize them in battle has grown exponentially. With their inception comes the debate of whether or not to mass produce smaller models or produce smaller numbers of larger models has only begun (Springer 39).
The fact that droids can emulate human
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These factors raise such questions as, “who is affected aside from the intended targets of UAVs and the like, who is in control of these weapons, and who pays for it all?” All of which are of equal importance and should be addressed as such, however, the biggest question therein lies, “should we have the ability to just push a button and await an enemy to die?” Who are we at that point if not men playing God as we strike down enemies without regard to consequences because of our notion of sovereignty as a nation?
THE PREDATOR’S BITE: “The year 2013 began with a series of drone strikes [in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region] that were tactically counterproductive to the elimination of terrorism in the region, according to Brigadier Dogar of the Pakistani military”(Ahmed 82). It is apparent to see that drones are not foolproof and do come with certain consequences. These can range from tactical mishaps and setbacks, friendly fire, or worst of all -- the killing of innocent civilians. “In March 2010 Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated, “Each time an errant bomb or a bomb accurately aimed but against the wrong target, kills or hurts civilians, we risk setting our strategy back months, if not years. Despite the fact that the Taliban kill and maim far more than we do…”(Ahmed 82). Unfortunately, the