So far, all you’ve heard from us is reasons why drones are bad for society, but believe it or not, we don’t think drones are all bad. Yes, when put in the wrong hands, drones can be dangerous, but we believe that in the military, drones can be a powerful and helpful resource.
Let’s face it; in the world we live in, war is inevitable. Whether it’s to protect our own nation or help fight for other nations, war happens. Thousands and thousands of soldiers get deployed to fight in these wars and we believe that drones can help make their fight just a little bit easier. Ok, no fight is easy, but drones have certainly changed the way we do war.
Back before drones, we would lose thousands of soldiers in sneak attacks. Our enemies would hide, sneak around our troops, and attack when least expected. Not anymore! In Mark Bowden’s article How the Predator Drone Changed the Character of War Bowden mentions that with the help of drones, soldiers have been able to scope territory before stepping into it. This allows for less sneak attacks and higher chances of survival for both, soldiers and civilians.
Because drones are equipped with quality cameras, our military is able to keep an eye on different territories without having to send a pilot out to do it. This is important for two reasons. One, now that drones do the job of the pilots, there are way less chances of air combat. Sure, our enemies can shoot our drones down, but those can be replaced. Two, drones can provide 24 hour surveillance so rather than exhausting our Air force pilots with long shifts, they can focus on other duties or at least be well rested enough for battle.
Drones are also useful in attack. Our military has learned that missiles can be attached to drones and dropped on enemy territories. In the article, Why Drones Work: The Case for Washington’s Weapon of Choice written by Daniel Byman, Byman states that U.S. drones have helped kill 3,300 members of Al Qaeda, Jihad, and other terrorist organizations under the Obama administration. Because drones are able to provide visuals of a certain area, our military can see exactly where we can and cannot attack. For example, we can avoid dropping bombs on civilians if our drones show a certain area too heavily populated with them. In the past, our military made blind attacks. They had an idea of where their missiles were going to land but now thankfully, with drones, we can see exactly who and where we’re attacking.
Now, we don’t condone war or death, but we know we live in a world where war is inevitable. If war is going to happen, we may as well do it right. Drones are necessary for military defense i.e. scoping the land and avoiding sneak attacks, they give our soldiers a chance to focus on other duties and/or catch up on much needed rest, and they help execute safer attacks on our enemies without hurting (as many) civilians. So yes, drones can be dangerous when put in the wrong hands, but when used properly in the military, they can help a great deal.