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Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.
Mix and match these terms in searching the library catalog, WestCat , or use them to search journal articles and law reviews via the library's Databases page. You can also use them to search government information sites listed on our Starting Points page - click the tab and pay particular attention to the Top Six.
- drone aircraft
- unmanned aerial vehicles
- unmanned aerial systems
- UCAV or UAV or UAS
- aerial reconnaissance
- uninhabited combat aerial vehicles
- flight guidance systems
- targeted killing
- terrorism prevention
- government policy
- remotely piloted vehicles
- weaponized unmanned aircraft
- weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)
- counterterrorism tactics
- ballistic missile defenses
An important source for many research topics is Congress. Congressional committees and subcommittees hold hearings on a wide variety of controversial and timely subjects. Simply add the word "hearing?" to a search string in WestCat .
- site:gov "unmanned combat aerial vehicles"
- site:mil drone strikes
Federal Government Information
This hearing discusses moral and ethical issues and legal doctrines surrounding the use of drones for targeted killings of non-state actors and in more traditional combat theater operations. 2011
Y 4.G 74/7:111-120
This article raises questions needing further analysis concerning the use and effect of using drones versus the intended effects, both obvious and subtle.
This hearing explores various constitutional law issues regarding the targeted killing of U.S. citizens.
This paper from the Strategic Studies Institute examines the efficacy of drone campaigns both in terms of combatant to civilian death ratios in comparison to other violence technologies and the desired outcomes of deterrence and degradation of terrorist organizations.
This article discusses the criteria and (sort of 'due') process used in selecting targets for drones strikes and the rules in place no matter which designee of the U.S. government is conducting the strike.
This paper recommends establishing joint standards for all military use of weaponized UAS and the merging of UA programs to reduce costs.
This comprehensive military strategic planning report covers everything from acquisition to capabilities of all kinds of unmanned systems, from weaponized aerial systems to pakbots.
Written during the buildup to the Iraq War, this article advocates further development of UCAV technology and summarizes the potential operational advantages.
This report discusses various styles of UAVs and their applications.
This Occasional Paper from the Combat Studies Institute details the evolution and use of UAVs from WWI to the present.
This hearing explores the acquisition, modification, and probability of use of UAVs and cruise missiles by enemies of the United States.
This issue of Defense Horizons from October 2001, analyzes the current state of the technology and the potential for UAV combat missions.
This article on the "Kettering Bug" - a flying torpedo - describes the dawn of unmanned aerial vehicles during WWI.
"Guns for Hire, Death on Demand: the Permissibility of U.S. Outsourcing of Drone Attacks to Civilian Surrogates of the Armed Forces and Challenges to Traditional Just War Theory"
This article discusses the difference between "assassination" and "targeted killing" and the authority and liability of civilian contractors in carrying them out.
Florida Journal of International Law, v. 25, p.147 (August 2013 via Westlaw Campus Research )
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