Drones' Proliferation: Should We Worry?   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Thesis Abstract: "The advance in RPA [Remotely Piloted Aircraft] technology made during the 21st century changed a lot in the nature of warfare. Acquiring new and sophisticated technology appears as an advantage for modern warfare, but the vast proliferation associated with the complexity of the new operational environment may transform this advantage to disadvantage. It is now easy for non-state actors such as VEOs [Violent Extremist Organizations] to possess small RPAs that could be armed with small munitions and even Chemical-Biological-Radioactive-Nuclear substances. Small UAVs [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles] have been used by ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] against a Russian Air Base in Syria, the 250 gram UAVs carried IEDs [improvised explosive devices] to deliver to designated locations. Being widely available, cheap, and expandable small UAVs are used by many countries as well as non-state actors primarily for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) purposes but they are also used armed with small munitions to target certain objectives surprisingly. No doubt, the threat already exists, but the real issue for planners is how to plan with that threat in mind? This research aims to provide the Chief Decision Maker with some recommendations that could help mitigating the risk of vast proliferation of RPAs and the possible misuse of this technology especially by non-state actors."

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