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Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 Paperback – May 24, 2012
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They point out that the United States has lit the fuse on a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) arms race, we have established the rules, "the rules are there ain't no rules" and have even begun to export this deadly technology to other nations. Finally they take a look our Drone eat Drone future.
Fact filled, with information provided by the pentagon, and front line journalist, it's a must read for all concerned with a future that will include scores of nations, settling scores by remote control.
Terminator Planet: How America Became an Empire of Drones
By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Posted on June 16, 2012, Printed on June 17, 2012
Lord knows, I should'a been gone
And I wouldn't've been here, down on the killin' floor
- Howlin' Wolf, Killing Floor
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Mr. Turse and Mr. Englehardt provide excellent background material about what is known about the program. We learn how drones were imagined to play a significant part in supporting America's strategy for global hegemony. We begin to understand the sprawling complex of bases, training facilities and command-and-control centers that keep the drones in the air. The authors discuss how these Terminator-like machines have proven useful in projecting power in the Middle East and other flash points deemed critical to American empire.
The authors pull no punches as they critique this highly dubious enterprise. Fundamentally, drones represent the latest in a long line of high-tech solutions that to date have failed to cure America's fatally flawed foreign policies. Death and destruction by remote control tends to alienate populations and thus causes more (not less) socio-political instability. As the current generation of drones are not as advanced or reliable as commanders wish they should be, the authors fear yet another costly international arms race. Regrettably, the drone program appears likely to remain with us for years to come inasmuch as drones represent the kind of low-cost, ultra-controllable option the military establishment desires.
I highly recommend this important and timely book to everyone.
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The author is definitely in the anti-drone camp, and spends way too much time making movie references and not enough on the history of drone development, which he totally skipped. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Poorly written. The pages ooze paranoia. Poorly thought out points. Book looks cheap, no original information. Just typical internet rumors put into book form. Read morePublished 22 months ago by R. Bouick
The book's title is incorrect. The title should be "Nick and Tom's opinion of Military UAVs .... and we don't like them". Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by PVS
Easy to read gives u a clear idea on the subject
It changes the way we have been understanding warfare so far
Nick, old buddy,
First read on this subject. Rushed out, bought an out of state drone hunting license from deer plain, colorado. Read more
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after reading this book the only consolation I have, if it's any consolation at all, is that what you people are doing to innocent women and children will happen to you. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Alex Bell
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The book was a disappointment. I thought that it would describe the circumstances surrounding the innocent victims. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by eagleeyepete