Title page for ETD etd-12132004-092723

Type of Document Major Paper
Author Futrell, Doris J.
Author's Email Address dfutrell@vt.edu
URN etd-12132004-092723
Title Technological Fundamentalism? The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Conduct of War
Degree Master of Public and International Affairs
Department Public and International Affairs
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Toal, Gerard Committee Chair
Pourchot, Georgeta Valentina Committee Member
  • panoptic
  • vehicle
  • aerial
  • unmanned
  • war
Date of Defense 2004-12-07
Availability unrestricted
There is an on-going battle in the Department of Defense between reason and the faith in technology. Those ascribing to technological fundamentalism are blind to the empirical evidence that their faith in technology is obscuring the technological limitations that are evident. The desire for information dominance to reach the state of total transparency of the opponent in order to win the war is untenable. The reasoning voiced by skeptics should be heeded but the technological fundamentalists are deaf to their views. The use of UAVs have provided for limited visibility of the opponent and not the perfect Panopticon as envisioned.
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