Drones: The Defining Airspace Technology of 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

A Mikado drone of the Bundeswehr flies during a show of German soldiers at Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif on December 23, 2013. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty)

One place where the U.S. faces a low risk of serious challenge is in its technological superiority in the use of the pilotless drone aircraft.

Being the undisputed master of drone airspace has produced military successes in Pakistan and made the U.S. some unplanned enemies in Afghanistan and Yemen where drones have been blamed for civilian casualties.

The trend over the next five years at the Pentagon is for increased use of robotic weapons—is this a good thing for national security, and can the U.S. even count on its global drone edge for that long?

Clint Watts, a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute and at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, makes the case for why drones don’t deserve the bad reputation they get.

Guests:

Clint Watts

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [5]

John Hockenberry, I'm assuming today's host, kept trying to pressure the guest to agreeing with his take on Drones. To whit that they were easily adaptable and could be used by terrorists. After about the third time the guest was pressured into agreeing with this viewpoint, he politely pointed out the absurdity of this notion. Terrorists don't typically have at their disposal million dollar plus drones, or the satellites and the command and control to run them. My kid understands this, I'm not sure why the host doesn't. Someone needs to do their homework before making such bold claims.

Jan. 06 2014 04:02 PM
RT from Santa Clara

Mr. Love has been forced to publish bland, impotent sarcasm by his ruthless and cruel Brazilian kidnappers. Alert the authorities!

Jan. 06 2014 03:33 PM
John A

Not mentioned - killing absent the declaration of war - a massive war crime.

Jan. 06 2014 03:27 PM
John A

Too much might-make-right in this country. Where are the conscientious objectors in leadership?

Jan. 06 2014 03:16 PM
Matt Love from Sao Paulo

Why do you interview mentally ill people, like this Watt fellow? Wouldn't it be a kindness to him and us to have some informed, rational, moral people on to discuss these very important issues? And why the recycled host? We already knew he was bad from "Talk of the Nation," I guess we never really get rid of these cranks, do we?

Jan. 06 2014 12:33 PM

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