Military robots and drones : a reference handbook / Paul J. Springer.

By: Springer, Paul JContributor(s): Gale GroupMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Gale virtual reference libraryContemporary world issues: Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2013Description: 1 online resource (xii, 297 p.)ISBN: 9781598847338 (electronic book)Subject(s): Robotics -- Military applications | Military robots | Drone aircraft | Uninhabited combat aerial vehiclesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Military robots and drones.DDC classification: 623 LOC classification: UG450 | .S68 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Background and history -- Problems and controversies -- Worldwide perspective -- Chronology -- Biographical sketches -- Data and documents -- Directory of organizations -- Print and nonprint resources.
Summary: This book provides an introduction to the most important field of military innovation for the 21st century-- robotic and drone weaponry.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Background and history -- Problems and controversies -- Worldwide perspective -- Chronology -- Biographical sketches -- Data and documents -- Directory of organizations -- Print and nonprint resources.

This book provides an introduction to the most important field of military innovation for the 21st century-- robotic and drone weaponry.

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Given the ongoing debate on the use of military drones, this introductory work in the field of military robotics, part of the "Contemporary World Issues" series, is quite timely. As Springer (Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base) explains, military robots perform such functions as intelligence-gathering, cargo transportation, serving as defense weapons, and directly attacking the enemy. The initial section, "Background and History," features a discussion on defining robots and drones. The second section, "Problems and Controversies," includes subsections titled "Special Vulnerabilities of Robotic Systems," "Autonomous Robots and Lethal Force," and "Robots and the Laws of War." The section "Worldwide Perspective" covers the development and use of drones by other countries including Russia, China, and Britain. Other sections include a 24-page chronology; a set of 19 profiles on the leading scientists and important political leaders involved in drones and robotics; and a short directory of the important organizations involved in the development of the technology. The "Data and Documents" section provides information on 18 specific types of military robots (e.g., Global Hawk, Predator, Talon) and a selection of important documents in the field. The volume concludes with a useful, 30-page annotated bibliography of print and nonprint resources. Providing a basic overview, this easy-to-use handbook is a good introduction to the topic. Springer previously wrote America's Captives: Treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (CH, Sep'10, 48-0485). Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. B. P. Tolppanen Eastern Illinois University

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Paul J. Springer , PhD, is assistant professor of comparative military studies at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. He previously taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Texas A&M University. Springer earned his doctorate at Texas A&M University in 2006, and authored America's Captives: Treatment of POWs from the Revolution to the War on Terror .

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