Debating use of drones in war reaching technological tipping point

April 25th, 2011 - 4:38 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Washington, Apr.25 (ANI): The British study has said that it is essential for military officials not “risk losing our controlling humanity and make war more likely” by using armed drones.

It has also asserted that the laws of war call on commanders to limit the loss of life and that “use of unmanned aircraft prevents the potential loss of aircrew lives and is thus in itself morally justified.”

This debate over whether to use or not to use drones is growing both at home and abroad.

The new British Defense Ministry study is questioning whether advances in their (weapons) capabilities will lead future decision-makers to “resort to war as a policy option far sooner than previously.”

It notes that drones are becoming increasingly automated. With minor technical advances, it warns that a drone could soon be able to “fire a weapon based solely on its own sensors, or shared information, and without recourse to higher, human authority.”

The aircraft, piloted by people far from the battlefield, represents an approaching technological tipping point “that may well deliver a genuine revolution in military affairs,” according to the Joint Doctrine Note, which was conducted under the direction of the British Chiefs of Staff. Titled “The United Kingdom Approach to Unmanned Aircraft Systems.”

It was first disclosed last week by the Guardian newspaper.

At a Washington conference of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) last week, the issue of drones was widely discussed.

Drones have become a part of the propaganda war where they are used.

Without referencing the Taliban or al Qaeda, the British paper noted that insurgents have cast themselves as the underdog against a “cowardly bully that is unwilling to risk his own troops, but is happy to kill remotely.” (ANI)

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