25 February 2011
Drones for German Foreign and Security Policy?
The use of drones of various sizes has led to a paradigm shift in military aviation all over the world. Drones do not only complement the capabilities of manned aircraft, they also increase efficiency, save costs and improve safety. In 2000, the U.S. Armed Forces only had about 50 drones; in October 2009, they already had more than 6,800. Drones have long since busted the traditional military straitjacket. Technological trends such as automation, digitization and miniaturization significantly increase the range of their current uses – from disaster control, protection of major events and critical infrastructure up to counter-terrorism. They also give rise to many new, unusual applications, which cannot be entirely foreseen, such as the monitoring of oil and gas pipelines, of migration movements, the protection and monitoring of the transport of dangerous goods.
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