Drones as Future Air Power Assets: The Dawn of Aviation 2.0?

  • Louis-Marie Clouet
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


As the B-52 bomber and the ICBM were the symbols of the Cold War, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is often prensented as an icon of military power at the beginning of the 21st Century. It epitomises a new way to wage war, as current operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have put the spotlight on UAVs. Although largerly used by military forces – mainly U.S. and Israeli – since the Vietnam War, UAV acquired this renewed status very rapidly in the last decade, and is henceforth considered as a key asset for military and political leaders, a “force multiplier” and a deciding factor for a military, if not political, victory on the ground.


Armed Force Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unmanned Aircraft System Unmanned Aircraft Improvise Explosive Device 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis-Marie Clouet
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  1. 1.Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri)ParisFrance

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