The Importance of Drones in Modern Warfare and Armed Conflicts is a research article by Professor Dr. Valeri Modebadze.

This article examines the significance of drones in contemporary warfare and armed conflicts, detailing their multifaceted uses by both state and non-state actors. The United States of America emerged as a pioneer in drone usage two decades ago, employing them to eliminate high-profile terrorists. Under the administration of President George W. Bush, drones were utilized extensively in counterterrorism operations across various regions. Their efficacy during the war on terror underscored their value as a potent tool.

While the United States primarily deployed drones for targeted killings, Azerbaijan became the first nation to employ them for military purposes during the conflict with Armenia. The widespread deployment of drones in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of 2020, often dubbed the “war of drones,” showcased their effectiveness in modern warfare when employed judiciously. This conflict demonstrated that even smaller states could achieve aerial dominance through proficient and strategic drone use.

Following the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, there has been a notable surge in states seeking to procure drones. However, it is crucial to note that drones are not only sought after by states but also by terrorist organizations and aggressive non-state actors. Many such groups have begun utilizing drones to further their agendas. Consequently, one of the primary challenges facing states today is the development of robust defense mechanisms to neutralize drone threats swiftly.

The central research question of this paper explores the impact of drone usage on modern warfare, exploring both its advantages and disadvantages. The article aims to determine the implications of their widespread deployment by examining drone utilization’s positive and negative aspects. Additionally, it seeks to analyze the threats posed by terrorist organizations leveraging drones for their objectives.

Publication Date– December 2021

The Importance of Drones in Modern Warfare and Armed Conflicts contains the following major sections:

  • Introduction
  • The Usage of Drones in Counterterrorism Operations
  • The Usage of Drones during Armed Conflicts and Wars
  • The Usage of Drones by Terrorist Organizations
  • Conclusion

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