The Evolution Of Secret Strikes: Exploring The Unknowns About Drones

American drone policy and consequences. We’ll look at secret strikes and the evolution of drone war.

The drones are always out there, and we know it. Their strikes are usually invisible to most Americans. They make headlines in the US when something goes wrong. Last week, the President told the world that an American and an Italian aid worker – captives of al Qaeda – were killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in January. And for a moment, the curtain was pulled back again on lethal US power projection, via drone, from the sky.  Is this the right way to fight? And how? And for how long? This hour On Point: inside the drone war. US drone warfare, under scrutiny again.

– Tom Ashbrook




Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and co-author of the new book, “The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones, Confronting a New Age of Threat.” (@benjaminwittes)

Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book, “Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins,” which is out this year. (@andrewmcockburn)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), member of the House of Representatives for California’s 28th congressional district. (@RepAdamSchiff)



Source: NPR: On Point