RUSI JournalVolume 158Issue 3members only

Killer Drones: The Moral Ups and Downs


Drones have caused heated public debate on questions of accountability and  legitimacy of the use of military force when new technologies are involved

The use of drones has increased exponentially in recent years, causing a mounting wave of concern amongst the media and public about the implications of using  unmanned systems – often misunderstood in their nature – above all in terms of accountability, legitimacy and ‘fairness’. David Whetham explores the many facets of this question, delving into the often-overlooked nuances of the use of remote-controlled systems and its practical as well as moral implications.

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