Author: Hugh Gusterson
Gusterson, Hugh (2016). Drone: Remote Control Warfare. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press
UG1242.D7 G87 2016
- Drones 101 — War remixed — Remote intimacy — Casualties — Arsenal of democracy? — Conclusion: peering over the horizon.
- Drone aircraft–History.
- Drone aircraft–Moral and ethical aspects.
- Drone aircraft–Social aspects.
- Air warfare–United States–Moral and ethical aspects.
- Air warfare–United States–History–21st century.
Date Posted: October 24, 2016
Reviewed in The Intelligencer
Examines the way drone warfare has created commuter warriors and redefined the battlefield. Looks at the mix of closeness and distance in remote killing: it is easier killing someone on a screen than the physical battlefield. Discusses civilian casualties and other collateral damage. Maps “ethical slippage” in our targeting practices. Contrasts Obama administration officials’ legal justification of drone attacks with arguments by international lawyers and NGOs.
 The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (22, 2, Spring 2016, p. 139).