February 9, 2014, by Katharine Adeney
Rights, Wrongs and Drones
IAPS was delighted to welcome Dr Peter Lee, Principal Lecturer in Military Ethics and Assistant Director (Academic) for Portsmouth Business School at Royal Air Force College Cranwell on the 6th February 2014. Dr Lee gave a lecture on Rights, Wrongs and Drones: The Moral Standing of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In an extremely engaging lecture he challenged much of the prevailing wisdom concerning the public perceptions of drones, as well as the number of civilian casualties in Pakistan in 2012 and 2013 (questions following the talk engaged with the paradox of the increased number of strikes in recent years resulting in less reported civilian casualties). He noted the different doctrines on the use of drones between the USA and the UK and argued that the Reaper ‘used properly’ is the most ethical form of delivering airpower yet devised.