Drones Defeating Terrorism!

The United States Military has been using drones to attack terrorists since the Obama administration. Obama came out and even tried to explain to the people what there used for and how they operate. Just to give some assurance to the people that think Drones are unjust to use. 487934.jpegIn fact I found this article, “10 Reasons the U.S should stop using drones in warfare.”

Why would the United States do that anyway? It gives us an advantage against any country that threatens us. It also forces humans to stay back and push an Unmanned aircraft into enemy territory to get surveillance or whatever. In the article one of the reasons mentions that these drone attack do not have a set target. That is FALSE. Senior officials of the Obama administration announced that these drone strikes are, Precise, Effective, and Closely Supervised. Yes there are some attacks that kill innocent lives, but people need to stop living behind the curtains because war brings innocent people to die unfortunately. Another successful drone attack that precisely killed 3 Al Qaeda leaders, which actually struck their moving vehicle. You can read more at “Most successful drone strike ever”. Now if drones didn’t have set targets how did this attack happen so precise? My guess is that it was locked on to the target so the chance of a miss is near impossible. Further research confirms that U.S. drones have killed an estimated 3,300 Al Qaeda, Taliban, and other Jihadist operatives during the Obama Administration. Don’t you think if we have the technology to fly unmanned aircrafts that we will be able to set a target for a missile? You’re absolutely right. PRESIDENT-1.jpgThe U.S. already has plenty of these types of weapons that can either lock onto a target or where you can give the weapon a set destination. All of this research concludes that Drone attacks do have set targets, but unfortunately some innocent lives are taken due to the fact of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And for those people that are still unsure about set target drones, just read this Air Force invention. Drones are revolutionizing the term warfare. WWI and WWII were both bloody man-to-man combat wars along with air fights and tank battles. This day in age is the drone warfare or another way to look at it is distance warfare. Multiple countries are using this art of war now since the U.S. introduced it. These Drones are not only used to attack. “In 2014, the Navy successfully tested autonomous swarm boats, to protect the navy ships and to swarm offensively on hostile vehicles.” (Powers 2017)


Truthful Tuesday: Drones Working to Serve and Protect

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.military drone

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.

soldier droneBecause 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. Drmilitaryones 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.

Truthful Tuesday: Watch Out For That Flying Amazon Package

“We must cut labor” – That’s the dreadful phrase we’ve all heard from our bosses at some point no matter where we’ve worked. In every business, the number one goal is to make money and the second goal is to save that money. What’s the best way to do that? To cut labor. Nowadays, more companies are turning to technology to replace workers in order to cut labor costs. Amazon has recently turned to drones. Sure, this seems quick, efficient, andLaborCost way less costly, but it can’t be that easy, can it? No, it can’t.

Daniel Johnson lists nine ways how Amazons drone delivery tactic could go wrong in his article, Amazon Drones: Nine Ways it Could go Horribly Wrong and we’ve got to  agree with him. Johnson lists several safety issues such as the possibility that a package could become loose from a drone and fall. Not only would it suck for the person who ordered the package, but it could fall on a pedestrian and cause serious injuries. Technology isn’t perfect and trusting a machine to fly large (or even small) packages above our heads doesn’t strike us as the greatest of ideas.

Johnson goes on to describe some possible security issues with industrial drone use such as hacking and theft. His point here is that if people can hack phones and computers, what’s to stop them from hacking drones carrying expensive packages? Not to mention, people are more likely to steal packages from a machine than from a person so if we eliminate the human deliverer, more packages are susceptible to theft. If a person is determined enough, they could break the drone and steal the package. So basically, Amazon would be saving money on labor costs, but probably spending twice that amount replacing stolen packages and their own drones. Seems a little ADronecounterproductive if you ask us.

Johnson’s simplest, yet most practical argument is the weather. It wouldn’t be sensible to seize deliveries every time thunderstorms arrive. Human deliverers can drive in rain, but it would be difficult for a drone to fly in rain or even protect a package from the weather. Humans are absolutely necessary for the safe delivery of packages. Drones can’t guarantee this type of safety so cheaper doesn’t always mean better. The industrial use of drones can seem quick and cheap but the negatives quickly outweigh the positives.

Why Wednesday: Recreational drones are bad for the communities

DronecrashRecreational Drones:

Drones as recreational use could be the new #1 hobby of 2017. Drones swept the world when they were introduced around 2012 to the public. The CIA has been flying unmanned drones over Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 for security purposes, but now any American can purchase a drone and start a hobby. Fortunately, the government has been getting stricter about drone use among the public. They implemented a step by step process of owning a drone that entails you to register it with the government and pay a fee. In this article by CBS, they interviewed a woman, Zoe Stumbaugh, who had a medical condition that forced her to be bed ridden for 2 years. She loved to ride motorcycles and couldn’t do that as her hobby anymore so she decided to pick up drone racing.

Why Drone Racing could be a bad idea:

Even though this type of racing is new and everyone wants to join this new wave, there are some dangers that pose a threat to bystanders. In the article, Drone racing gets off the ground, it wants you to picture 12 drones racing through obstacles. To me that is a recipe for disaster. Having that many drones in one race, there will be an accident. It could cost people way too much money and time if their drone were to be crashed. These things are not cheap. How many crashes would it take for a drone racer to quit?  Nick Horbaczewski, the founder of DRL (drone racing League) stated,” if it crashes, it actually explodes into a thousand pieces.” This poses a threat to any wildlife or animal vs dronedomestic pets that roam the lands where these races take place. These animals could mistakenly ingest tiny pieces and cause harm to the environment. The animals have enough problems with humans ruining their habitat. They don’t need these drone racers making it even harder. This sport, as it is fun, can be very dangerous to its audience. The speed at which drones race is an excessive speed finding their way through obstacles to where even a professional drone racer could make a mistake and take someone out. If it were to hit someone, that bystander could get a concussion or seriously injured. Even the operator could get a hurt by the props or getting electrocuted. These drones steer through these obstacles at speeds that exceed 60 mph. that’s fast enough to knock someone out if hit in the head. While most people believe drones are fun and enjoyable, there are major dangers that people don’t even think about until it is too late.

To back up this perspective of how Drones are a disaster, here are 12 reasons why the FAA hates recreational use of drones found on techrepublic.com

To further defend our point of view on recreational drone use, here are a few major issues that pose a threat to society from recreational drones.drone crash

In an article from the New York Times, they mention the possible risks from private drone users, such as colliding with a plane and endangering passengers and pilots. The FAA reported 238 sightings by pilots that said drones were dangerously close to their aircraft.

In Conclusion there are some individuals that could operate these drones within the boundaries that could keep these toys on the streets, but everyone learns this at a young age. “It only takes one person to ruin it for everyone else.” That is what the cartels are doing and other people that are flying contraband over jail walls.  here is an article that will make you change your mind on recreational drones. click here to read full article, Drone carrying drugs over border.