Signature strikes target groups of
men believed to be militants associated with terrorist groups, but whose
identities aren't always known. The bulk of CIA's drone strikes are
signature strikes. Wall Street Journal.
Drones are changing the dynamics of warfare in very scary ways. They make oppression much easier (and cost-effective).
To recap: Drones are extremely cost effective vs. ground/air assets
(particularly in that with drones, operators aren't put at risk). They
also enable extremely centralized command and control (as in: operations
can be micro-manged in Washington, down to the decision to kill). In
sum, a small number of people in Washington DC can control/operate a
vast 24x7 killing field for very few $$.
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