Small Wars Journal

Unfounded Drone Fears

Mon, 10/17/2011 - 4:57am

Unfounded Drone Fears - Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by Michael W. Lewis.

Almost since the United States began using the unmanned aerial vehicles known as drones, their use has drawn criticism. The latest criticism, which has received considerable attention in the wake of the drone strike on Anwar Awlaki, is that America's use of drones has sparked a new international arms race.

While it is true that some other nations have begun developing their own unmanned aerial vehicles, the extent of the alarm is unjustified. Much of it rests on myths that are easily dispelled…