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R. William Ayres Iv (Committee Member), Vaughn Shannon (Committee Chair), Jonathan Winkler (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


What are the reasons for the increasing number of drone strikes between 2002 and 2012 by the United States? This study examines the various aspects of the United States government which led to this increase in the number of strikes. Specifically, this study examines the military capabilities, the military leadership bureaucracy and presidential aspects of drone use. Through the division of this time period into three sections, this study seeks to find explain the events which led to the increase in the use of drones by the United States. This study concludes with a discussion on what the future may hold for the United States Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicle program.

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Department of Political Science

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