The following is a one paragraph excerpt from the Spring 2013 issue of Democracy and Society. For the full article starting on page 17, click here.
Perhaps the most controversial foreign policy legacy of the Obama administration will be its use of the “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” (UAV), or “drone”. No single 21st century war tool challenges more our contemporary notions of ethical warfare, the preponderance of military and cultural hegemony, standards of international law, humanitarian codes of engagement, and the quest for transparency in the information age. Modern warfare is far more complicated in a globalizing world paradigm, where perceptions are influenced by the availability of multiple perspectives and several channels of mass communication during conflict. It is in this environment that the efficacy of drones as a means for eliminating threats has become a central question — one that focuses on the broader challenges of a shift from traditional armed combat toward more technically advanced, less troop-intensive, “light footprint” warfare as a new answer to addressing conflict.