Kill Chain

Title:                      Kill Chain

Author:                 Andrew Cockburn

Cockburn, Andrew (2015). Kill Chain: The Rise of The High-Tech Assassins. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

LCCN:    2014029340

UG1242.D7 C63 2015


  • “For the first time in our military history, how we wage war is being built around a single strategy: the tracking and elimination of “high value targets”–in other words, assassination by military drone. Kill Chain is the story of how this new paradigm came to be, from WWII to the present; revealing the inner workings of these military technologies; introducing the key figures behind the transformation as well as the people on whom these deadly technologies have been tested; and illuminating the effects of drone warfare on our global image. This book will shed new light on the subject, from drone development in WWII and their use in the Vietnam War, to their embrace by the Bush administration and their controversial use by President Obama today. Cockburn will detail the corporate and political agendas that have effectively legitimized the once-banned practice of assassination, and the devastating effects of drone strikes gone awry”– Provided by publisher.


Date Posted:      July 29, 2016

For a review, along with reviews of six other books on drones, see Bergen, Peter L. (2015) and Daniel Rothenberg, eds. Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, And Policy. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press

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