Long-range military drones are fundamentally misunderstood. Their champions wrongly contend they are revolutionizing warfare, while critics fear their spread would greatly increase the threat that China, terrorists, and others pose.
Dispelling Myths About Armed Drones
Armed drones have raised hopes among some for a transformational weapon to use against U.S. adversaries, and raised concerns among others about proliferation and misuse. However, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as they are also known, are fundamentally misunderstood. A series of reports, briefings, and media events seek to dispel the misconceptions.
Three Myths About Armed Drones
In a series for The RAND Blog, researchers examine whether the use of drones will dramatically change global warfare, how U.S. drone policies might shape the way other nations use drones, and how to balance the potential proliferation of drones with future sales to allies.
Congressional Briefing: Fact vs. Myth
To dispel some of the myths that have arisen with respect to the use of long-range armed drones, a panel of RAND experts briefed Congress on March 3, 2015. Senior political scientist Lynn Davis gave an overview of the briefing beforehand, which you can watch below.