Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®
Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®


  • First accessible volume on both military and civilian drones
  • Covers drone use in the air, at sea, and on land
  • Looks at drone use globally, not just by the United States

Drones quite possibly represent the most transformative military innovation since jet engines and atomic weaponry. No longer do humans have to engage in close military action or be in the same geographical vicinity as the target. Now, through satellite imaging and remote technology, countries such as the United States can destroy small targets halfway around the world with pinpoint accuracy.

In the last several years, many of the military advancements have been rivaled by those in the commercial realm. Civilian industries have clamored to acquire drones for everything from monitoring crops to filming Hollywood movies to delivering packages. Not surprisingly, the use of drones has generated a lively debate, but no book thus far has engaged the range of themes surrounding drones. How do drones work? To what extent has the technology proliferated to other nations outside the US? How can they be used on the ground and in maritime environments? How are they being integrated into both military and civilian life?

In Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know, the international relations scholar (and former air force officer) Sarah Kreps provides a concise synthesis of the topic. The book explains how they and the systems associated with them work, how they are being used today, and what will become of the technology in the future. What readers need now is a more practical guide to how this technology is reshaping both military and civilian life; this book is that guide. The drone revolution has already changed warfare, and will soon become a commonplace tool in a civilian context too. It is clear that drone technology is here to stay. Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know explains how the revolution happened, what its current contours are, and where we might be headed next.


1. Introduction
2. Armed Drone Technology
3. Proliferation of Drones to Other Countries
4. Drones for the Ground and Sea
5. Non-Combat Technology
6. The Future of Drones: Nano and Autonomous Systems, and Science Fiction


Sarah Kreps, Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University
Sarah Kreps is an Associate Professor of Government and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell University. She has written widely on topics of international security, research that includes books on military interventions as well as drone warfare. Kreps has a B.A. from Harvard, M.Sc. from Oxford, and PhD from Georgetown University and previously served in the United States Air Force.


ISBN : 9780190235352

Sarah E. Kreps
224 ページ
140 x 210 mm
What Everyone Needs to Know





Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®