While there have been many advances in technology for anything flying in the sky, one area that is still relatively unknown is the cost of using drones in our fight against international terrorism. Many are concerned about how to balance the ethical and legal issues of drone warfare with protecting our troops, preserving American privacy, and protecting American lives overseas. Nevertheless, there is a distinct advantage to using small UAVs in the fight against international terrorists and other rogue nation states that would use them to attack civilian populations. First, unlike missiles or bombs, which typically have an explosive or secondary explosion, a drone can simply be launched from a remote location, with no secondary explosion. Thus, these aircraft do not increase the likelihood of civilian casualties. Second, using UAVs will not require a large logistical effort to operate.
Drones have quickly become one of the U.S. Military’s primary tools, primarily because U.S. counter-terrorism policy has gravitated away from traditional methods which are less visible, more targeted, and definitely more detached from the battle-front. The development and widespread use of drone aircraft in the Afghanistan and Iraq battlespace is a textbook illustration of how a new tool can quickly and easily meet the demands of modern warfare. A remotely piloted vehicle is much easier to shoot down than a mortar or rocket (unlike an aircraft, which needs a crew to operate safely) and therefore easier to destroy. As a result, a single unmanned aerial vehicle can carry out more attacks on a single target using a smaller number of planes and thus more strikes on a larger number of targets at a lower overall cost. This is a key factor in increasing our lethality in the future as well.
As an example, if a drone is used to take out a major compound that houses an international terrorist group, then obviously multiple robotic aerial vehicles will need to be launched over a wide geographical area. As each vehicle completes its mission, it will need to return to base. This means additional man-hours of research and development in order to successfully complete the next flight. While this might seem like a large investment now, future battlefields will require even more resources to launch additional drones once the initial flights have been completed.
But this need for additional resources doesn’t necessarily mean additional costs for the United States.. Because of advances in software and hardware, U.S. drones are now able to operate autonomously.. That means they aren’t programmed to do a certain task unless the operator approves it first. This adds another benefit as well; if multiple unmanned aerial vehicles are targeting the same compound, then the operation can be done more rapidly and effectively because multiple aircraft can take over from pilot to pilot.. The costs go down dramatically and operations are more fluid and quicker.
Additionally, the United States military is not the only one that can benefit from the use of these aerial vehicles. Hollywood is now making use of drones in movies as well. For example, the movie “Wreck-It Ralph” features a character who flies a camera through an empty sky to retrieve important data during a computerized crash. This type of footage is only going to get better as technology increases and more sophisticated drones fly through the skies. While some may think of this as unrealistic, it is only a matter of time before films are incorporating this type of technology into their stories..
The future looks promising for drone usage. The United States military appears to be the leading adopter of this new technology, but other countries are following suit. As more nations to learn about the benefits of using drones, countries that don’t have drone capabilities will likely follow suit. This means the competition between drone operators and companies who want to provide the most advanced and realistic video through remote control flight systems is bound to grow. In the end, it appears the winner of this war will be the company that can provide the most realistic experience through the use of drones