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The Ethical and Strategic Limitations of U.S. Drone Warfare

March 2016The Intercept’s release of leaked documents about the U.S. drone program and a controversial attempt to defend drone warfare by former CIA Director Michael Hayden have raised new questions about the ethical and strategic implications of using these weapons. The following essays examine the findings of the Intercept documents, question some of the ethical arguments that are made on behalf of drone warfare, and refute many of the claims in Hayden’s defense of U.S. policy.

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