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Reply To: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of the use of UAV weaponry in the Near East? How do you think technological advancements will continue to shape warfare globally?

Elena Sarigeorgiou

The use of UAV weaponry in the Near East offers advantages such as precision strikes, persistent surveillance, reduced risk to personnel, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. However, it also poses challenges, including blowback, violations of sovereignty, lack of human judgment, vulnerability to countermeasures, and intelligence gaps. Looking ahead, technological advancements in AI, cyber warfare, miniaturization, swarming, and information warfare will continue to reshape global warfare. Policymakers must carefully balance the benefits of UAVs with potential drawbacks, ensuring responsible use to minimize civilian harm and maintain international stability. Ethical considerations surrounding autonomous weapons and information warfare also demand close attention to ensure technology serves the cause of peace and security worldwide.