Small Wars Journal

unmanned aerial vehicles

Drone Losses Impact Turkey’s Fighting in Libya

Sun, 05/10/2020 - 4:39pm
Libya experienced a steep increase in fighting last month. The April fighting produced significant lessons learned, especially with respect to drones and counter drone technology. These included the employment of unmanned “kamikaze” loitering munitions by the GNA and HAF, the appearance of handheld counter drone systems, and advanced commercial-off-the-shelf flight components being used to support reconnaissance and surveillance.

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RPA Ethics: A Focused Assessment SWJED Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:46am
To a large extent, the question of whether remote warfare waged by RPAs is ethical depends on if one believes riskless war is dangerous, destructive, and overly easy. The ethical issues of asymmetric risk, moral hazard, and destructive behavior are difficult considerations to face, but necessary to reconcile. Ultimately, despite these concerns, the RPA is an ethical instrument of air warfare which leaders should certainly take advantage of, if they do so judiciously as they should with any weapon.

2 New Weapons for Drone Warfare – Part 1 of 2

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 11:19am
As America’s Army prepares for a conventional war and develops multidomain doctrine, new technologies will be developed. However, there are several places where existing technology can be used to fill gaps that have appeared as the Army transitions. This is especially true for urban combat and drone warfare. Here, I propose 2 new platforms that can be adapted from existing technology to answer the changes brought about by the mass introduction of drones onto the modern battlefield. In Part 2, I will address urban combat separately.

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Micro-UAV Augmented 3D Tactics SWJED Tue, 09/25/2018 - 1:29am
Written as a tactics, techniques and procedure analysis, this paper attempts to extend the notion of 3D tactics in the context of new and emerging technology. The paper will also look at the implications for modelling the observe-orient-decide-act (OODA) loop decision making process.
Narco-Drones: A New Way to Transport Drugs SWJED Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:34am

A narcotrafficking technique first used in Mexico now expands to other countries in Central and South America.