The first modern, lethal drone strike took place one month after 9/11. Twenty years later, our view of warfare and military personnel has completely changed.
Like atomic bombs and chemical and biological weapons, deadly drones that make their own decisions must be tightly controlled by an international treaty.
Military lawyers told me how they must make split-second decisions that weigh military variables against real human lives.
High-power microwave weapons are useful for disabling electronics. They might also be behind the ailments suffered by US diplomats and CIA agents in Cuba and China.
While ‘good drones’ have been valuable in this pandemic, using drones to embed new systems of surveillance could be a dangerous and slippery slope.
The drone probably used to kill Iranian general Qassem Soleimani doesn’t take away all risks and responsibilities from military personnel.
Drones could help United Nations peacekeepers save civilians’ lives – but there are obstacles.
Drones are now an integral part of defence force capability, from intelligence gathering to unmanned theatre engagement. But what happens if our own technology is turned against us?
Tremendous technology is on a collision course with reality.