Will Drones in Libya Help Overthrow Gadhafi?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport on June 13, 2010. (Getty)

Armed drones will soon fly in Libya in order to help enforce the no-fly zone in place there, the White House announced last week. Drones have been a controversial military weapon over the past few years, and a new study by the British Defense Ministry, believes new technologies, such as drones, may mean we resort to military conflict much sooner and easier than before. Are drones really a useful tool in military conflict or do they just serve to escalate the situation? 

Andrew Bacevich, professor of History and International Relations at Boston University, and the author of "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," says with precision weapons and air power more generally, unmanned aerial vehicles foster the illusion of armed force as a quick, easy, low-risk problem solver.

Kevin Gambold, is a former Royal Air Force Tornado pilot turned Predator/Reaper operator, and is now the director of operations for Unmanned Experts, a consultancy firm for unmanned aerial vehicles. He believes drones are a good thing.


Andrew Bacevich and Keven Gambold

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David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

Reba Boyd

I believe that Keven A. Gambold Tornado Pilot turned Predator/Reaper can be an expert at anything he undertakes. He could also be Prime Minister of England someday if he wanted to be.

May. 30 2011 11:55 PM
Anon from UK/USA

Kev Gambold never flew the Reaper...

Apr. 27 2011 08:20 AM

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