Accession Number : ADA521822


Title :   Strategic Misstep: 'Immortal' Robotic Warfare, Inviting Combat to Suburban America


Descriptive Note : Strategy research project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : McGrath, Shaun R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a521822.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 50


Abstract : Aided by rapid technological advances, operators of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) can now carry out lethal combat actions from perceived safe sanctuaries in the United States (U.S.), 7,500 miles from the enemy. However, this thesis challenges the U.S. assumption that such tactical successes using armed RPAs to engage the enemy with risk-less distant warfare will result in strategic victory. This is particularly true when used to engage the enemy outside of direct force-on-force engagements. The very nature of this use negates America's own goal of decreasing the threat to its civilian populace from enduring enemy counter action. The enduring threat will grow from a deficient U.S. assessment of the environment in which the enemy's ability to attract support for its historically based strategy is aided by instantaneous and ubiquitous global interconnectivity. The lack of clarity in legal, moral, and ethical policies guiding the employment of such robotic warfare highlights the current strategic misstep by prolonging the Long War from increased anti-U.S. sentiment and an enduring legitimate counter attack threat to RPA operators. The persistent threat will not only hold the operators at risk, but also those around them in suburban America.


Descriptors :   *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES , STRATEGY , THREATS , COUNTERMEASURES , POPULATION , ENEMY , UNITED STATES , THESES


Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE