The CIA, together with JSOC, now flies Reaper and Predator drones in at least five countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya, with the US military using the unmanned planes in Iraq.
The use of drones dates back to President Bush , but the secretive program has increased under Obama’s administration. The US President reveals how the technologies are instrumental to shifting military strategy: ‘When threatened, we must respond with force — but when that force can be targeted, we need not deploy large land armies overseas’. The speech, delivered on June 22 as he announced a ‘drawdown’, signals the end of large-scale warfare and nation building, with specific ‘assassinations’ (from the sky and from night raids) being the new reality of warfare in the 21st century.
A much lighter ‘footprint’.