...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...
Since the United States first targeted a suspected terrorist with a lethal drone strike in 2002, the government in the United States has progressed to use drones as non-military domestics. According to Mike Mcginn, mayor in Seattle, there are some benefits about using drones instead of regular police work. He said that it can decrease the cost minimalize from his budget because it brings less man power (Clarridge NY Times). Also, he mentioned that it can cover more area than human beings. Actually, the Seattle police demonstrated how the unmanned aerial vehicle hover works and flies last year, and it seems like a toy. Recently, the Des Moines Register obtained emails in which Iowa law-enforcement officials considered purchasing drones to be used in some policing capacity. Also, the drone helped Boston police to find the terrorists faster.
Even if the drone could make the search for the terrorists who damaged havoc on Boston last week, many people are deeply skeptical about using potentially dangerous technology (Ben WashingtonTimes). Gallup poll, in March 2013, shows that 66 percent people opposed the use of drones on American soil, and 71 percent people opposed the targeting of American citizens at home (Brown Gallup). Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, who is the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, “Just because the government may comply with the...
In this article of Kurt W. Smith’s Drone Technology: Benefits, Risks, and Legal Considerations, a drone can be interpreted as an airplane with the capacity to fly freely due to the sustenance of on board electronics. The article explains the advantages of using drones, the chances taken if something goes wrong and the lawful deliberations needed to use drones for the right purpose. Thus, drones do have several mishaps that when used in public may seem unwelcomed by some people.
In summary, a drone is the impedimenta, presenting terrorist hunts and heart-stopping sceneries for most people. Notwithstanding, the up-to-date applications now extend to carrying out environmental duty and permanent baseline data at one third of the cost while gathering military intelligence is eminent from the use of drone technology. A few states have begun to try and deal with this in an inept way, while other states kept restrained on the issue. This innovative technology can help us have a better assessment of our bridge and highway system at a reduced cost with nightly news stories notifying us about the meager conditions of our bridge infrastructure in the United States. Nevertheless, drones have similarly been used in fisheries management. In addition, States continue to endeavor the purview of this legislation while federal regulations are in place, and under review....
March 9, 2013
Computer Class – Unit 9 – Assignment B
US Military Drones
It is believed that United States Military Drones are one of the most advanced robotic systems in the world today. According to Historynet.com, it is estimated that there are thousands of these drones, or unmanned military vehicles and aerial devices, in the inventory and care of the US Military (Singer, 2011). Drones are mechanisms and technologies that can be used without the use of a human being inside of the robotic system. In most cases these drones are maneuvered from a distance using remote control apparatuses and are much like the GPS systems that a person might use in their car. Drones are watched and manipulated from anywhere in the world. While they are mostly known right now as military contraptions, civilian use of them is beginning to be a fast moving goal. This is so in civilian jobs like police forces, firefighting, surveillance, and nonmilitary security work.
The birth of these machines began back in the early 1900’s, however, their actual use began in 1959 when Air Force officers became concerned about losing pilots over hostile territories. They have been used in such areas as searching for POWs and those who were MIA. As well, search and rescue units can use these machines as a great tool in their inventory. This would help with finding missing humans, those lost at sea and...