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Are drone operations crucial for military success?

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Started: 10/8/2012 Category: Technology
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123qwaszx

Pro

Pilotless aircraft can hit targets without placing a pilot in harm's way
Remote control warfare has much potential to reduce friendly loss of life simply because its warriors may no longer need to go to war." "The Psychology of Remote Control Warfare
TwistedLocus

Con

For drone strikes...

This is a little biased and also quite unnecessary. Do drone strikes reduce casualties? Yes, for the side launching the strike. Do drone strikes make military operations easier? Yes, unmanned jets that operate based on fed in data do sound like they'd make military success a little easier. However, to 'Are drone operations crucial or military success' I say no. Has any military in history ever been successful without drone strikes? Yes, and that includes the one(s) using them now.

Drone strikes claim to be accurate, but explosions and shrapnel have killed numerous civilians. The following quote is from a short article giving an estimate of civilian casualties.

"Mr Khan and hundreds of supporters were prevented from entering the region by the Pakistani military.
His protest comes as a new study by two American university law schools reveals that the unmanned aircraft have killed more than 800 civilians - including almost 180 children - over the past eight years." -Sarah Knuckey, professor of clinical law, NY.

So, are drone operations crucial for military success? No, but it certainly tips the casualty count in your country's favor.

For other unarmed operations...

If the 'drones' are being used for reconnaissance and no one is harmed, then the military reduces it's casualties, but again it isn't 'necessary' for military success. In any case, drones are susceptible to EMP and their wireless connections, if any for new input or sending recon data, could be subject to interference in some operations. In this dire situation, a drone could be captured, tampered with to have explosives placed inside, and then sent back.

There will always be circumstances that will provide pros and cons for using drones, but they are not crucial for military 'success'.
Debate Round No. 1
123qwaszx

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TwistedLocus

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Ah, I hope you can respond to this by the third round. It would be a shame to let our schedules be the judge of our debate. To any who've read our first two posts, I stand by my first post.

-Drone operations involving explosives can and do cause civilian casualties
-Drone operations make military operations less likely to have casualties
-The above statement does not make drones 'crucial' for military operations and made more unnecessary by the first line.

Until we have better technology, drone operations that involve taking out targets will be sloppy. How can the pilot-less aircraft distinguish a double from the real target? Will the aircraft guidance systems check for civilians around the target locations before firing? Even in the future when these questions are more easily answered by military personnel, drones will still not be 'crucial' unless we're in a nuclear world war 3 scenario and loosing entire percentages of the population at once.

I place crucial in quotations often to reference its many synonyms.
Debate Round No. 2
123qwaszx

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TwistedLocus

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