Precision Strike Warfare and International Intervention: Strategic, Ethico-Legal and Decisional Implications

Mike Aaronson, Wali Aslam, Tom Dyson, Regina Rauxloh

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Since the end of the Cold War, US technological superiority has led to a more proactive and, some would argue, high risk approach to international military intervention. New technologies including the capacity to mount precision military strikes from high-level bombing campaigns and, more recently, the selective targeting of individuals from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have facilitated air campaigns, supported by Special Forces, without the commitment of large numbers of troops on the ground. Such campaigns include, for example, NATO's high-level aerial bombardment of Milosevic's forces in Kosovo in 1999 and of Gaddafi's in Libya in 2011, and the US operation involving Special Forces against Osama Bin Laden. The development of UAVs and electronic data intercept technologies has further expanded the potential scope of interventions, for example against Islamic militants in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, U. K.
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9781317912941
ISBN (Print)9780415730204
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2014

Publication series

NameRoutledge Global Security Studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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