This article is about 6 myths described by a drone operator. In it, the authors discuss the sometimes dangerous misconceptions the public and policy makers have about drone warfare, as well as the implications this has for the future of drone warfare.
What was most interesting was the obvious frustration in the operator’s voice. He clearly takes his job seriously. He does not view what he does as a video game and is very disturbed by how little people understand about what he as a drone operator goes through. It is not a glamorous job: he sits in a small room and flies a small robot plan around, knowing that he could be sending someone to their death.
He is very aware that for people to truly have an opinion on drone warfare, they must respect his expertise as a soldier and a drone pilot. However, even his bosses know little of what he actually does.
With the importance of drones in today’s society, this is a unique look into why we must understand the technology and its operators rather than just assume that either side is right or wrong.