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Author Horowitz, Michael, 1978- author

Title Drone proliferation and the use of force : an experimental approach / Michael C. Horowitz, Paul Scharre, Ben FitzGerald
Published Washington, DC : Center for a New American Security, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (24 pages) : color illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Survey scenarios -- How do drones change attitudes about using force and escalating a conflict? -- What do these findings mean for international politics? -- What influences public attitudes? -- Conclusion
Summary "As more countries acquire drones, will their widespread availability lead to greater military adventurism and conflict? Will countries be more willing to put a drone in harm's way? If so, how will other nations respond? Would they be more willing to shoot down a drone than a human-inhabited aircraft? And if they did, are those incidents likely to escalate? To help answer these questions, in 2016 the Center for a New American Security conducted a survey experiment to better understand how experts and the general public viewed the use of force with drones. The survey evaluated expert and public attitudes about the willingness to use force in three scenarios: (1) deploying an aircraft into a contested area; (2) shooting down another country's aircraft in a contested area; and (3) escalating in response to one's own aircraft being shot down. For each scenario, half of the survey respondents read questions where a drone was used and half of the survey respondents read questions where a human-inhabited aircraft was used. This experimental design was intended to better understand how the introduction of drones into militaries’ arsenals might change expert and public attitudes about the use of force relative to human-inhabited aircraft. Given the continuing integration of robotics into national militaries, as well as the proliferation of drones, this is a critical question for global politics. Moreover, while several studies approach the topic by looking at public opinion in the United States, we know less about how communities of foreign policy experts view drones"--Publisher's web site
Notes "3/3/2017."
Description based on online resource; title from PDF caption (CNAS, viewed March 10, 2017)
Subject Drone aircraft -- Public opinion
Escalation (Military science) -- Public opinion
Uninhabited combat aerial vehicles -- Public opinion
Form Electronic book
Author FitzGerald, Ben, author
Scharre, Paul, author
Center for a New American Security, publisher