By James Rogers, D-IAS Assistant Professor, Centre of War Studies
Department of Political Science and Public Management at University of Southern Denmark
The use of drones is widespread. Once the sole province of the state, they are now utilised by an increasing circle of sub-state groups. Weaponised drones, in their various forms, have spread to over sixteen state actors and multiple terrorist and criminal organisations. The use of a weaponised drone is now open to anyone who can turn an off the shelf quadcopter into an airborne improvised explosive device (IED).This paper explores the novel, and somewhat disturbing, ways in which weaponised drones are being used against civilians, humanitarian workers, and military personal by terroristic actors. The argument is that these new drone actors are effective, and should be seen as a serious threat to mission effectiveness.
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