"Given its commendably wide scope, this volume warrants attention from anyone, philosopher or otherwise, with an interest in the ongoing debate on drones."--Jeremy Davis, Toronto Review of Books
"A path-breaking volume! BJ Strawser, an internationally known analyst of drone ethics, has assembled a broad spectrum of civilian and military experts to create the first book devoted to this hot-button issue. This important work represents vanguard thinking on weapon systems that make headlines nearly every day. It will catalyze debates policy-makers and military leaders must have in order to preserve peace and protect the innocent."--James Cook, Department Chair/Head of Philosophy, US Air Force Academy
"The use of 'drones' (remotely piloted air vehicles) in war has grown exponentially in recent years. Clearly, this evolution presages an enormous explosion of robotic vehicles in war -- in the air, on the ground, and on and under the sea. This collection of essays provides an invaluable contribution to what promises to be one of the most fundamental challenges to our assumptions about ethics and warfare in at least the last century. The authors in this anthology approach the ethical challenges posed by these rapidly advancing technologies from a wide range of perspectives. Cumulatively, they represent an essential overview of the fundamental ethical issues involved in their development. This collection makes a key contribution to an urgently needed dialogue about the moral questions involved."--Martin L. Cook, Adm. James B. Stockdale Professor of Professional Military Ethics, Professor Leadership & Ethics, College of Operational & Strategic Leadership, U.S. Naval War College
"Armed drones are one of the latest American and Israeli bright ideas of warfare -- how clever will summary execution from a distance seem when many of America's adversaries share this increasingly affordable technology? These spirited and diverse essays surface a wide range of moral, military, and technological issues concerning this innovation in killing."--Henry Shue, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford
"This timely and authoritative book takes the debate on drones to a new level. It is an intellectual treasure trove and essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of modern war."--David Rodin, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict
About the Author
is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He is also a Research Associate with Oxford's Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict. A prior Air Force Officer himself, Strawser's work specializes on the moral questions surrounding war and military ethics.