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This manuscript focuses on the present threat posed by terrorist and insurgent use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as associated future threat potentials. This work presents a counterintuitive analysis in the sense that armed drones are typically viewed as a component of America’s conventional warfighting prowess—not a technology that would be used against U.S. troops deployed overseas or against civilians back home. The emerging threat of such UAV use against the United States is investigated, and the unique analysis and creative approach related to the threat scenario variants generated are very informative. Hopefully, the larger implications posed by this analysis related to semi-autonomous and autonomous UAV type robotic systems will be of benefit.
UAV; drones; autonomous; semi-autonomous; unmanned; aerial; vehicles
Robert J. Bunker Dr.,
Terrorist and Insurgent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Use, Potentials, and Military Implications ( US Army War College Press, 2015),