In the past few years, the United States military has crossed a major threshold and entered a new kind of war. This new war is more covert than wars past, characterized by attacks occurring in many countries, away from front-lines and far from the reach of accountability.
Earlier this year, Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta submitted a budget to Congress that illustrated this new kind of war, constituted by a large increase in special clandestine operations. These clandestine operations will largely depend on unmanned attacks, through the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones. The use of drones has been validated by President Obama, who has argued that they are “notable for their precision.” Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA-D) “forcefully insisted” that drone strikes only killed “single digits” of civilians annually. However, a new report released by Larry Lewis, a principal research scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses, and Sarah Holewinski of the non-governmental organization Center for Civilians in Conflict, presents findings that stand in direct opposition to President Obama and Senator Feinstein’s statements. (more…)