The men were attacked after troops observed several insurgents planting roadside bombs -- the unnamed terrorist leader was reportedly responsible for building and trafficking homemade explosives. In addition, four armed men were killed by security forces who were targeting a Taliban bombmaker in Helmand province, in whose Sangin district several Taliban bomb traffickers were detained and security forces found weapons stockpiles of assault rifles, hand grenades and bomb-making materials. Today marks the second anniversary of President Barack Obama's first surge of troops into Afghanistan just weeks after taking office, when he authorized the deployment of 17, additional forces to the country -- at that point, close to a percent U.
This story relies upon anonymous sources who could not have spoken on the record without prosecution or other serious repercussions. While its original purpose was to bust up Soviet tanks in the first volleys of World War III, it has evolved into the favored technology for targeted assassinations in the global war on terror.
Its use has sparked a great debate—at first within the most secret parts of the government, but in recent months among the general public—over the tactics, strategy, and morality not only of drone warfare but of modern warfare in general.
But before this debate can go much further—before Congress or other branches of government can lay down meaningful standards or ask pertinent questions—distinctions must be drawn, myths punctured, real issues teased out from misinformed or misleading distractions.
The drone as we know it today was the brainchild of John Stuart Foster Jr. Foster was a longtime model-airplane enthusiast, and one day he realized that his hobby could make for a new kind of weapon. Weighing 75 pounds and powered by a modified lawn-mower engine, each vehicle could stay aloft for two hours while hoisting a pound payload.
Pentagon agencies design lots of prototypes; most of them never get off the drawing board. In the early-to-mid s, the Soviet Union was beefing up its conventional military forces along the border between East and West Germany. A decade earlier, U. But now, the Soviets had amassed their own sizable nuclear arsenal.
If we nuked them, they could nuke us back. It was the start of a new era. In the previous few years, the U. In the past, these sorts of targets could have been destroyed only by nuclear weapons, but a small bomb that hits within a few feet of its target can do as much damage as a very large bomb even a low-yield nuclear bomb that misses its target by a few thousand feet.
Soon, a slew of super-accurate weapons—guided by laser beams, radar emissions, millimeter waves, or, later and more accuratelythe signals of global positioning satellites—poured into the U. It could loiter for 24 hours at an altitude of 25, feet, carrying a pound payload.
In its first incarnation, it was packed only with video and communications gear. In Februarythe Pentagon and CIA conducted the first test of a modified Predator, which carried not only a camera but also a laser-guided Hellfire missile.
In an earlier era, this phrase would have meant destroying tanks on a battlefield.
And so a weapon designed at the height of the Cold War to impede a Soviet armor assault on the plains of Europe evolved into a device for killing bands of stateless terrorists—or even an individual terrorist—in the craggy mountains of South Asia.
In this sense, drones have hovered over U. A War without Boundaries How this came about is another far-from-inevitable story. The rise of the drone met serious resistance from one powerful quarter: The dominant culture in each of the armed services—the traits that are valued, the kinds of officers who get promoted—is shaped by its big-ticket weapons systems.
Thus, from toevery Air Force chief of staff rose through the ranks as a nuclear bombardier in Strategic Air Command.
Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq. As liberation became an occupation, which sparked an insurgency and then a sectarian civil war, U. The most lethal threat to American soldiers and Marines was the improvised explosive device, or roadside bomb. But drones slow, unmanned hovering planes were anathema to the dominant Air Force culture which cherished fast, manned jet fighters.
The most common criticism is that drones often wind up killing civilians. Gates came into the Pentagon with one goal: He was shocked that the generals in the three big services cared more about high-tech weapons for the wars of the future than the needs of the war they were fighting.
Gates boosted production; the generals slowed down delivery. He accelerated delivery; they held up deployment.To boost troops’ capabilities in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense is funding the Tactical Explosive Detector Dog, or TEDD program in the Army and the IED Detector Dog, or IDD program in .
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