In recent years, the policy debate around military drone use has mostly focused on armed drones and largely ignored the much more rapid and widespread proliferation of non-weaponized drones. “Unarmed and Dangerous: The Lethal Applications of Non-Weaponized Drones” of the Center for the Study of the Drone seeks to shed light on the many ways that unarmed drones can directly enable kinetic operations. This detailed study describes six common strike-enabling roles for unarmed drones and explains why the use of drones in each of these roles is significant.
Date: March 2020
Author: The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College