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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), also known as drones, are aircraft either controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or following a pre-programmed mission. While there are dozens of different types of drones, they basically fall into two categories: those that are used for exploration and surveillance purposes and those that are armed with missiles and bombs. Frontline reports that since September 11, 2001, the number of drones in the U.S.’s military arsenal has expanded from 60 to more than 6,000, with President Obama making unprecedented use of these robotic warriors. The purpose of this paper will be to draw attention to the pros and cons of the U.S Military using drones.

The use of drones has grown quickly in recent years because unlike manned aircraft they can stay aloft for many hours, they are much cheaper than military aircraft and they are flown by remote control so there is no danger to the flight crew. Drones strikes have taken out some of Al-Qaeda's most notorious figures, including American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. UAVs are made at a significantly lower cost compared to manned vehicles. Although, they can get pretty expensive depending on their sophistication; this should allow the military to buy UAVs in much larger quantities than manned aircrafts. Expendability, you can afford to send them into heavily defended areas and risk losing some without endangering a pilot. UAVs are more maneuverable than manned planes without the limitations of a human pilot. They can also be built stealthier than a manned plane since one of the least stealthy parts of the aircraft such as the cockpit is unnecessary making UAVs lighter, smaller, and easier to transport.
Being that UAVs are so successful in modern-day warfare, drones are also looking to go local. UAVs predator drones currently serve as surveillance units for drug trafficking operations along the…...

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