US Army War College

Dr. Austin C. Doctor and Dr. James I. Walsh – “The Coercive Logic of Militant Drone Use”

Released 27 July 2021.

While unmanned aerial systems can serve as a force multiplier for militants, these systems do not embody a transformation in modern insurgent warfare or enable militants to engage regularly in strategic coercion. Instead, drone use is consistent with a militant group’s relative capabilities and broader strategic objectives. Consequently, these groups are likely to employ drones primarily for theater and tactical military purposes. Click here to read the article.