Title:                      Drone

Author:                 Hugh Gusterson

Gusterson, Hugh (2016). Drone: Remote Control Warfare. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press

LCCN:    2015039936

UG1242.D7 G87 2016


  • Drones 101 — War remixed — Remote intimacy — Casualties — Arsenal of democracy? — Conclusion: peering over the horizon.


Date Posted:      October 24, 2016

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

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.

[1] The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (22, 2, Spring 2016, p. 139).

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