Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Drone Casualties But Were Afraid to Ask
Podcast — unmanned killers hit high-value targets, low-value targets and families
by MATTHEW GAULT
Drones will be one of the defining characteristics of Barack Obama’s presidency. In the 15 years since America first went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has reduced the number of troops on the ground and increased the number of unmanned robots picking off high-value targets.
How many drones? No one knows. How many people have the robots felled? It depends on who you ask. Secrecy is the watchword of the American drone program, and the Pentagon has long been cagey about releasing details.
Which doesn’t mean we don’t know anything. The White House is happy to sing the drone program’s praises, as it did when the robots killed Islamic State propaganda minister Shaykh Abu Muhammad Al Adnani in the middle of August.
This week on War College, we talk to War Is Boring’s Joseph Trevithick about America’s drone program, its efficacy, its secrecy and how a new report on drone casualties from the Director of National Intelligence may not tell the whole story.