As laws and reforms from the FAA become more drone friendly, you will see drones impact all aspects of our lives. Airspace is already being cleared to allow drones the space to operate. It is estimated that within a few years’ drone usage will surpass the millions. As drone technology continues to accelerate and doubters start to realize the benefits of these nifty machines, people will begin to accept them, just as they have with other technologies like computer and robots. With the numbers of operational expecting to reach the millions soon we will have no choice but to accept the fact that we’re entering the Drone Age.II.Political and Legal InfluencesDrones are often cited as one of the key factors that keep America and her allies secure overseas. Ask any soldier with his boots on the ground if the pilot of that drone over his head is a hero when it protects him and his fellow soldiers from incursions at night while they are stuck in enemy territory, and he will almost certainly say yes. Most U.S. troops that have spent time in warzones are familiar with the idea of a drone thousands of feet in the air, being piloted by a person stationed 1000’s of miles away back home in the States. Drones have become integral in information gathering and general security while patrolling the skies over hostile terrain. Drone strikes are a regular part of keeping America safe by seeking out and destroying terrorist training camps and leaders of terrorist groups. The drone strikes conducted by the United States in the name of security and threat neutralization are completely within international law, and a very inexpensive technique to root out the bad guys where they live. While it may be a much contested subject to many, it is allowed by the governments in which the drone strikes are taking place. Countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have given the United States the go ahead in launching drone attacks within their borders. These countries are unable to control these terrorist groups themselves, so that is where the United States steps in and protects itself from these organizations and their leadership.
THE TECHNOLOGICAL EMERGENCE OF THE DRONE 15Since September 11th 2001, one of the largest threats to the security of the United States is decentralizedterrorist networks that operate out of foreign countries throughout the world. No longer is the United States fighting air land and sea battles versus other nations, but small skirmishes within nations which do not support the actions of the groups that are attacking the US from within their own nation’s borders. Instead of having to put boots on the ground and invading these countries to destroy theses pockets of enemy combatants, the UnitedStates can instead use lethal force with extreme amounts of precision without ever sending a soldier physically into battle. There needs not be an invasion like we had in Afghanistan which has drug on for over a decade, when you can use tactical strikes by drones on these training camps in Yemen, Somalia, or Pakistan.
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