Armed and Dangerous?

Armed and Dangerous?: UAVs and U.S. Security

Lynn E. Davis
Michael J. McNerney
James Chow
Thomas Hamilton
Sarah Harting
Daniel Byman
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 32
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt6wq880
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    Armed and Dangerous?
    Book Description:

    Armed drones are making the headlines, especially in their role in targeted killings. RAND researchers examined whether these weapons are transformative, how dangerous their proliferation will be, and whether U.S. use of them can shape a broader set of international norms that discourage their misuse by others.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8634-1
    Subjects: History, Technology, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Armed and Dangerous? UAVs and U.S. Security
    (pp. 1-30)
    Lynn E. Davis, Michael J. McNerney, James Chow, Thomas Hamilton, Sarah Harting and Daniel Byman

    Drones—or as they are also known, armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—are in the headlines and provoking debates, especially for their use in U.S. targeted killings. They are spreading across the globe and others are beginning to use them. How dangerous is the proliferation of armed UAVs and what effect will they have on U.S. security?¹

    A UAV has these characteristics:

    It is a powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator.

    It uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift.

    It can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely.

    It is designed to be recoverable.

    It can carry...

  2. About the Authors
    (pp. 31-31)
  3. Back Matter
    (pp. 32-32)