The proliferation of drones to violent nonstate actors

Ori Swed, Kerry Chavez

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Abstract

Scholarship on the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) has<br>primarily focused on states’ drone usage, sidestepping the consequential proliferation<br>of drone technology to non-state actors. Meanwhile, an increasing corpus of media,<br>military, and policy publications underscores its importance and further highlights the<br>lack of academic engagement. Shifting from cost-prohibitive, inaccessible, and technically complex state technologies to simpler military models and current-generation,<br>rapidly advancing commercial options, we demonstrate contrary to most IR assessments that violent non-state actors have the resources, capacity, and motivation to<br>effectively incorporate drone programs to advance their aims. At first blush, our<br>comparative review of statist and commercial UAV technologies illustrates the vast<br>divergence in cost, availability and capabilities, coinciding with conventional wisdom.<br>Once capabilities are contextualized within st
Original languageEnglish
JournalDefence Studies
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StatePublished - Nov 6 2020

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