Lengthy but fascinating article on The Atlantic on why America uses drones. Using a comparison between David and Goliath, the slingshot was, "like all significant advances in warfare, essentially unfair." A drone is the modern day equivalent of that slingshot.
Unlike nuclear weapons, the drone did not emerge from some multibillion-dollar program on the cutting edge of science. It isn't even completely new. The first Predator drone consisted of a snowmobile engine mounted on a radio-controlled glider. When linked via satellite to a distant control center, drones exploit telecommunications methods perfected years ago by TV networks--in fact, the Air Force has gone to ESPN for advice. But when you pull together this disparate technology, what you have is a weapon capable of finding and killing someone just about anywhere in the world.
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