Unit 4, Item 2: Drones in America
For over a decade, drone aircraft, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), have been effectively used by the U.S. military for intelligence gathering, reconnaissance, target surveillance and application of deadly force. Recent legislation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, will allow drones to fly in American airspace starting in 2015. Technological advances make it possible for these aircraft to be used for many civilian and governmental applications in American skies. Drones can be used for agricultural and industrial purposes, mapping and remote sensing, and for governmental purposes including search and rescue, surveillance, law enforcement and homeland security purposes.
Go to the Columbia College Edens Library website and access the Opposing Viewpoints in Context webpage in the Databases menu. Search for “drones.” Read the topic introduction on “drones” then select two papers that reflect different viewpoints on the use of drones in American skies.
Select two articles that have different viewpoints on the use of drones in America from the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database.
In a few paragraphs, summarize the arguments presented in each article on the advantages and disadvantages of drones. Draw conclusions regarding the use of drones in America for civilian and government purposes. Use facts or positions from your readings to support those conclusions. Cite your references in proper American Psychological Association format.