Lunchtime Lecture (London): The Evolution of Drone Warfare Since 9/11
16 April 2024
On Tuesday 16th April 2024 at 12.30pm, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Lushenko will give a talk on the evolution of drone warfare since 9/11.
The US counterterrorism strategy that emerged following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, relied on unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. While effective at reducing the risks to soldiers and safeguarding against unintended consequences, especially civilian casualties, this approach has also set a dangerous precedent for global security. Over 100 countries and numerous non-state actors have acquired drones, heightening the potential for conflict within and between countries. Yet scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners disagree on what constitutes “drone warfare,” as well as the implications of drones for modern war. In this presentation, US Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Paul Lushenko, PhD, draws on his extensive experience managing US drone strikes abroad, while integrating over twenty years of scholarship on drones, to discuss how drone warfare has evolved globally. In doing so, he explores questions surrounding the proliferation of drones, their military effectiveness, and the legal, moral, and ethical implications of a respatialisation of war.