...The Morality of Drone Attacks
Argument Analysis Assignment
Professor Nisha Shah
February 1, 2013
Bradley Strawser comes back to clarify a few things about the morality of drone warfare. In a previous article in The Guardian, Strawser’s words were manipulated, wrongly interpreted, and morphed into portraying his ideologies as pro-drone warfare under any condition and that drone warfare had no immoral side to it. However, Strawser corrects this misinterpretation.
Though the topic of morality and drone warfare is a sensitive and difficult one, Strawser seems to do his best to think rationally, logically, and fairly about the issue, and to present his beliefs as clearly as possible. After reading the entire article it is noticeable that Strawser focuses on three main points: drones can be morally preferable if the attack is morally justified, the drones are precise in their attacks, and if they do less harm to their operator.
Strawser’s does not cite any official studies, articles, or statistics to support his claims but merely uses opinion and his own knowledge. He stresses the importance of morally justifying acts of war before attacking, “if a military action is morally justified, we are also morally bound to ensure that it is carried out with as little harm to innocent people as possible.” This is the basis of his argument. Even...
The Moral of Drones
Bradley Jay Strawser’s "The morality of drone warfare revisited" discusses his argument in support of using drones. The audience is the government. His thesis is that drone strikes may cause less collateral damage than bombing, but that is not an argument for current US targeted killing policy. Mark LeVine’s “When philosophers join the kill chain” discusses the negative side of drones. The audience is the scholars. His thesis is that the most vehement debates on the use of force by the US surround attacks by remotely-piloted drone aircraft. These sources are arguing about should people support of using drones or should people oppose of using drones.
“The morality of drone warfare revisited” begins by explaining that it is necessary to separate US government policy from the broader moral question of killing by aerial robots. “The policy question deserves vigorous debate by legal scholars, policy experts, and diplomats” (Strawser). The moral question posed by this new form of remote warfare is more abstract and has only recently begun to receive critical examination by philosophers and ethicists. Then Strawser talks about the drones can be a morally preferable weapon of war if they are capable of being more discriminate than other weapons that are less precise and...
Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage.
Easy-to-use agricultural drones equipped with cameras, for less than $1,000.
Why It Matters
Close monitoring of crops could improve water use and pest management.
Ryan Kunde is a winemaker whose family’s picture-perfect vineyard nestles in the Sonoma Valley north of San Francisco. But Kunde is not your average farmer. He’s also a drone operator—and he’s not alone. He’s part of the vanguard of farmers who are using what was once military aviation technology to grow better grapes using pictures from the air, part of a broader trend of using sensors and robotics to bring big data to precision agriculture.
Top: A drone from PrecisionHawk is equipped with multiple sensors to image fields.
Bottom: This image depicts vegetation in near-infrared light to show chlorophyll levels.
What “drones” means to Kunde and the growing number of farmers like him is simply a low-cost aerial camera platform: either miniature fixed-wing airplanes or, more commonly, quadcopters and other multibladed small helicopters. These aircraft are equipped with an autopilot using GPS and a standard point-and-shoot camera controlled by the autopilot; software on the ground can stitch aerial shots into a...
...A Brief Overview of Drones
-----Based on the presentation given by Dr. John Hill and Dr. Ann Rogers
The history of drones started in 1917 when Peter Cooper and Elmer A. Sperry
invented the first gyroscopic stabilizer, which ensured airplanes to fly forward as well
keeping balance. The first drone named Sperry Aerial Torpedo was born in 1917
which equipped with the gyroscopic stabilizer, and it can fly 50 miles with 300
pounds of bombs. Nevertheless, this very first drone had never been put into use on
real battlefield. Before 1935, not a single drone could go back to where it was
lunched, which limit the drones to be used for a second time. DH.82B Queen Bee
which innovated in 1935, had totally changed the situation, the technology of drones
were more practical since then; because it could go back to its launching point. The
drone named Ryan Fire bee which appeared in 1955 was the first drone that propelled
by air injection technology. The series of drones named The Pioneer were the series
which could be produced at a low cost, they had been used in real battlefield and they
are largely used by navies; because they could float on the water and got collected
back on the water. After that the drones has been developing at an unprecedented
speed. By now, drones are...
... Executive Summary
1. Safety Concern about falling malfunctioned Drones from the sky
2. Safety Concern regarding physical threat to the pilot
3. GPS hacking of Drones
4. Privacy Issue such as spying video camera
5. Privacy Issue and Security Concerns by using hijacked or remotely hacked drones
6. Truck delivery also has safety issue such as slippery road due to inclement weather or unexpected car accident.
7. Drones will be helpful from Truck Driver’s safety concern.
8. Drones: Regulations should be placed to decrease public safety concerns
9. Drones: Insurance Costs
10. Drones: Theft More Risky
11. Abused Drone create more terrorists than they kill.
12. Abused Drone target individuals who may not be terrorists or enemy combatants.
13. Abused Drone kill large numbers of civilians and traumatize local populations
14. Another issue: Customer Satisfaction of Drones vs Human interaction involved delivery
15. Another issue: Negative PR regarding Drones replacing human
16. Added Legal Backgrounds and Current News regarding Drones
A recent study by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies revealed a wide range of public fears when it comes to drones. Almost three-quarters of respondents expressed concerns that drones could damage their property, while 55% feared...
...Drones for Homeland Security
WRTG 101/ 101S
July 20, 2014
Drone and Homeland Security
Increased security threats caused by heightened global terror activities, for instance, sectarian groups or Mexican drug empires, has prompted the development of decisive technologies, which will respond directly to the increased sophistication of these radical groups. A reliable technology is the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) commonly known as a drone. The drone not only investigates a terror environment but also conducts aerial strikes. The commencing research will analyze in detail the positive impacts of the drone to homeland security.
Following the increased number of casualties in World War II, proxy cold wars, and Gulf War, it became necessary to improvise military gear, which would limit the direct involvement of soldiers in a direct combat environment. Originally, a radical technology – the tank- proved decisive since soldiers could be taken to the heart of the war. However, as much as this technology proved applicable in reducing direct combat, human casualties was still on the rise. For this reason, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) invented an aircraft that would not require an on-board human pilot. The flight was to be controlled autonomously by an integrated onboard computer by use of remote control. The technology has...
Drone use within the United Stated of America has been a very controversial topic of the recent times; therefore, this article is being written to say why drone usage has become so controversial in our country, and all over the world.
Many people do not fully and completely understand what a drone is. A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle fitted with multiple cameras and sensors for measuring and capturing different things and sets of data. In a warzone drones can be equipped with different attachments and weapons, such a automatic guns and missiles, to carry out remote attacks, on insurgents or enemies of our country, without putting human operators of the drones in any danger whatsoever.
Vehicles such as these can fly for very extended periods of time, hours or days even, with no human interaction, just collecting data, or intelligence. These highly-advanced machines have no limitations as to how far they can go, other than their very high battery capacity. They are tracked and controlled by GPS, or a global positioning system, signals which blanket the entire planet. The way these are tracked is very precise and accurate.
This upsets many American people because they feel as if they can have no privacy anywhere they go, even in their own backyards. I often find myself wondering if I’m being watched, as I wander about my backyard in my underwear, by an eye in the sky. We as...
...Drone Attacks And The Sovereignty Of Pakistan
1. Start of the Attacks
On a hot day in June 2004, the first drone attack had been held. It was a time of musharf’s dictatorship. It was attacked at South Waziristan on Mr.Muhammad. After the attack a Pakistani military spokesman was quickly claim the responsibility of the attacked, saying that Pakistani forces had fired at the compound…
That was a lie.
Actually it was attacked by C.I.A (which is an American Central intelligence Agency).this strike was begun during the George W.Bush administration. From here till now, in Obama’s administration C.I.A. has conducted hundreds of drone strikes and kills thousands of people, Pakistanis and Arabs, Militants and Civilians alike.
2. Statistics of drone attacks.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates the following cumulative statistics about US drone strikes:
(As of July 2013)
Total strikes: 370
Total reported killed: 2,548 - 3,549
Civilians reported killed: 411 - 890
Children reported killed: 168 - 197