Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Moral and Legal Case

JFQ / issue 57, 2nd quarter 2010

6 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2016

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems has raised several major legal and moral questions. The articles shows that in dealing with these questions there is a strong tendency to confuse whether the US should engaged in "extra judicial executions" at all -- with the question whether drones are the most appropriate means to carry out this mission. The article shows that drones are a more accountable way and less likely to cause collateral damage than other means, but closes on warning that nations should be very careful before they engage in armed conflicts. They all have a dark side.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Moral and Legal Case (2010). JFQ / issue 57, 2nd quarter 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2729328

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

The George Washington University ( email )

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Washington, DC 20037
United States

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