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Drone warfare

Screenshot of drones film--drones close up
Photo: AFSC

An aspect of the blank check for war is the use of militarized drones for bombing, spying and target spotting that has become a multi-billion dollar industry and the cornerstone of the global war on terror. Thousands of people have lost their lives in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Grave moral and legal questions have gone unanswered due to the extreme secrecy that surrounds the program.

While the land wars are starting to end, a covert war continues. It is happening through the arming and training of militia and government forces, through large-scale arms transfers, funding of proxy armies and targeted killings by armed drones.

None of these actions will help create the conditions for lasting peace.

We have created a couple of resources – a video and a briefing paper - showing the impact of the Authorization for Use of Military Force on drone proliferation and the threats that drones represent.

Drones 101 is an animated presentation for educators and activists. It outlines the evolution of the U.S. drone program, explains who it targets and how, and surveys the countries where drones are being used.