Global Issue : The Proliferation Of Drones Essay

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Rising Global Issue: The Proliferation of Drones

“Armed drones are starting to rule the skies,” wrote Sarah Kreps and Micah Zenko, the authors of The Next Drone Wars: Preparing for Proliferation. Armed drones are not a new concept, but the use of drones and their advantages are only now starting to be realized. The use of armed drones has several advantages; however, the proliferation of the drones, the inability to control what states use drones, and how they use drones could lead to mass destruction. General Henry “Hap” Arnold is the man who is given credit for the invention of drones. General Arnold was a World War II commander in the United States Army Air Forces. He used old B-17 and B-24 bombers, turned them into remotely controlled aircraft, and encumbered them with explosives. Arnold quoted, “the next war may be fought by airplanes with no men in them at all.” He also quoted, “you are saving lives at the outset,” (The Next Drone Wars, 1).
General Arnold was right about the use of drones saving lives. He was also on the right path by creating drones as a new weapon and way of fighting in war, because he ultimately invented a way to continue fighting in war without the physical need of a soldier on the battle ground.
Even though the concept of being able to fight a war without needing the body of a soldier (on the grounds of the enemy) is an ideal scenario and huge advantage to the parties fighting in war, there are many setbacks to the sole use of drones. The…

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