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Jeremy Gardner

Professor Almendros

SOC 280E

Final Paper

Relationship between Globalization and Military Actions

Globalization can be defined in many ways depending on the way one looks at it. According to, globalization is defined as “the development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets.” defines it as “a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology. This process has effects on the environment, on culture, on political systems, on economic development and prosperity, and on human physical well-being in societies around the world.” Clearly, shown by these two separate definitions, globalization can be looked at in many different ways.

In recent times, one of the biggest catalysts for globalization has been technology. Technology has changed so many different aspects of the world that we live in and has helped shape the world into what it is today.

The question at hand is, what is the relationship between globalization and military actions? There are many points to argue that there is a significant relationship, while at the same time, there are many points to argue that there is not great relationship between the two. One large comparison between the two, as stated above, is technology. Technology is pushing globalization ahead and at the same time it is changing the way the military does things on a day-to-day basis.

A great example of globalization, war, and technology is drones. Drones are unmanned vehicles that are built to perform and accomplish certain tasks. In the military, they are used for dangerous search and rescue missions, search mine fields, and more. The drones can be controlled by a human, which allows for the human to by in no danger. UAVS or unmanned aerial vehicles are used for bombing, stealth missions, and more. Many argue whether or not drones are “fair” or not to use in the sense that stalking or watching someone overhead without notice or reason should not be allowed. The United States uses drones for exactly this reason, but if another country used this technology against us, the United States would not take it so kindly. In one way in makes us hypocrites, but in another way, in many people’s eyes, it is used to keep the country safe. Another major kink when discussing drones is whether or not they are accurate and precise when attacking. According to the military, they are very accurate and there have not been many civilian causalities thus far. There are many pros and cons when talking about drones. Some of the pros include: air-to-ground bombings, full time video, and more. Some of the cons include: enemy interception, legalities, psychological effects, and more. Psychological effects are put under the cons category because the pilots of these drones can feel like they are playing a video game, but in reality, these drones are real, the bombs are real, and the deaths are real, therefore, it is not a video game. Globalization is about expanding between nations and the interactions between one another. Drones allow for interactions between nations, but these interactions can without a doubt be viewed as being negative. Countries like Pakistan, for example, have drones flying overhead all the time. This can without a doubt, irritate the Pakistanis off, and instead of trying to limit terrorism and violence, this can lead to more and more in retaliation for invasion of privacy of their country. As stated above, if the tables were turned and the United States had drones flying above all the time, the United States would not take it lightly and do something about it immediately.

Drones are being used more and more in war and...
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