UNMANNED AERIAL DRONES • History • Military Use • Civilian Use • Public Fears • Matt Burns, Cory Dressler, Katie Eakins, Ally Zimmer, Alyssa Clevenger, Patrick Blood
HISTORY OF UNMANNED AERIAL DRONES • Remote controlled weapons have been use since the Second World War, beginning with television-guided bombs used by the Nazis. • Precision weapons were proven in the First Gulf War, and the need for greater intelligence for up-to-the-minute information shown in the Yugoslav Wars • UAVs introduced in OIF/OEF
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES MILITARY USES Attacking targets remotely without risking American lives. Constant surveillance of enemy targets. Near-instant strikes on targets of opportunity. Air support for ground troops and allied forces.
CIVILIAN USE OF DRONES • Universities can use drones for scientific and academic research study. • Rescue services can use them in the event of natural disasters or emergencies. • Police can use them to track suspects.
CIVILIAN FEARS • Some people fear that drones could be used to spy on private citizens or attack protestors • Concerns that it will give the President too much power to use force without public knowledge or approval • Theory that ease of drone use will make the use of military force more attractive over diplomatic alternatives.