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dc.contributor.authorKreuzer, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.otherPublic and International Affairs Departmenten_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-25T22:38:55Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-25T22:38:55Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp01n296x136t-
dc.description.abstractIn the realm of air warfare, no topic has generated more controversy or discussion in recent years than the implications of the increased use and proliferation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs). This dissertation seeks to build on existing models of technology, diffusion, and doctrine to examine the present and future role of RPAs in warfare. To do so, I place RPAs in the context of a broader Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), evaluating their effectiveness relative to other capabilities, modeling their likely diffusion and evolution, and examining the legal implications for conflict. I conclude many of the challenges posed by RPAs will be different than the current debate suggests, with issues like automation the laws of targeted killing being secondary to understanding the distinctions between tactical and strategic RPAs and the potential for escalation of conflict based on limited understanding of the true capabilities of the RPA. Strategic RPAs are revolutionary in their impact to small wars, but are unlikely to diffuse widely given the limited strategic requirements for this type of warfare and the high financial and organizational costs of building such systems. Tactical RPAs will spread globally and rapidly, but will be limited in their military application and are more likely to be problematic for their misuse than for the new capabilities they provide. This perspective will provide policymakers a framework for better understanding both the strengths and limitations of RPA warfare, and outline basic planning considerations for future wars based on the spread of this technology as well as institutional obstacles to diffusion posed to states, including the U.S.en_US
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dc.publisherPrinceton, NJ : Princeton Universityen_US
dc.relation.isformatofThe Mudd Manuscript Library retains one bound copy of each dissertation. Search for these copies in the <a href=http://catalog.princeton.edu> library's main catalog </a>en_US
dc.subjectDronesen_US
dc.subjectRevolution in Military Affairsen_US
dc.subjectRPAsen_US
dc.subjectTargetingen_US
dc.subjectUCAVsen_US
dc.subject.classificationMilitary studiesen_US
dc.subject.classificationInternational relationsen_US
dc.subject.classificationPublic policyen_US
dc.titleRemotely Piloted Aircraft: Evolution, Diffusion, and the Future of Air Warfareen_US