Drones: the strategic game changers

Drones: the strategic game changers

The surprise attack on the Saudi Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities in September has drawn attention to the increasing role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, in conflict. Innovations in military technologies require a new strategic discourse, but in the realm of unmanned warfare there remains a number of crucial unanswered questions, both about the impact of UAVs on political and military decision making, and the ethical and legal implications of their usage.