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Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 Paperback – May 24, 2012
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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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