While unmanned aerial systems can serve as a force multiplier for militants, these systems do not embody a transformation in modern insurgent warfare or enable militants to engage regularly in strategic coercion. Instead, drone use is consistent with a militant group’s relative capabilities and broader strategic objectives. Consequently, these groups are likely to employ drones primarily for theater and tactical military purposes.
Austin C. Doctor & James I. Walsh, "The Coercive Logic of Militant Drone Use," Parameters 51, no. 2 (2021), https://press.armywarcollege.edu/parameters/vol51/iss2/8