Kill Chain

Kill Chain

The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

eBook - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
A narrative history of drone warfare explores its innovations and key contributors while revealing the less-understood, real-world military and economic consequences of targeted killing as a means of waging war.

& Taylor

Presents a history of drone warfare, exploring its innovations and key contributors while revealing the less-understood, real-world military and economic consequences of targeted killing as a means of waging war.
"For the first time in our military history, how we wage war is being built around a single strategy: the tracking and elimination of "high value targets"--in other words, assassination by military drone. Kill Chain is the story of how this new paradigm came to be, from WWII to the present; revealing the inner workings of these military technologies; introducing the key figures behind the transformation as well as the people on whom these deadly technologies have been tested; and illuminating the effectsof drone warfare on our global image. This book will shed new light on the subject, from drone development in WWII and their use in the Vietnam War, to their embrace by the Bush administration and their controversial use by President Obama today. Cockburn will detail the corporate and political agendas that have effectively legitimized the once-banned practice of assassination, and the devastating effects of drone strikes gone awry"--

Macmillan School

An essential and page-turning narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld, exploring how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing

Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few understand how and why this has become our principal way of waging war. Kill Chain uncovers the real and extraordinary story; its origins in long-buried secret programs, the breakthroughs that made UAV operations possible, the ways in which the technology works and, despite official claims, does not work. Taking the reader inside the well-guarded world of national security, the book reveals the powerful interests - military, CIA and corporate - that have led the drive to kill individuals by remote control. Most importantly of all, the book describes what has really happened when the theories underpinning the strategy -- and the multi-billion dollar contracts they spawn -- have been put to the test. Drawing on sources deep in the military and intelligence establishments, Andrew Cockburn's Kill Chain unveils the true effects, as demonstrated by bloody experience, of assassination warfare, a revelation that readers will find surprising as well as shocking.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2015
ISBN: 9780805099270
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 06, 2016

Very informative and detailed evaluation of the history and actual effectiveness of the extremely expensive high-tech devices being sold to American taxpayers as the solution to the difficult challenges of 21st century "unconventional warfare." I'm reminded of General/President Dwight D. Eisenhower's warning to beware the power of the Military-Industrial (& one might add Political) Complex.

MedinaReads Jul 10, 2015

When the Iraqi insurgents activated roadside bombs with a $5 garage door opener, the U.S.
military countered with an electronic wave jamming devise that costed $100,000 per vehicle and blocked radio transmissions between American units... leaving them vulnerable to additional ambushes. Those precision bombs everyone saw on TV killing the Taliban actually also killed many American and Allied troops because their video screen operators could not distinguish between friend and foe.
This book gives an eye-opening insight into how the USA now fights it's wars and shows exactly how big of a difference there is between reality and the information given by our military and government spokesmen. If you like investigative reporting, this book should be required reading. Having said this, I now wonder how long it will take before one of our
ridiculously overpriced and underachieving drones arrive over MY house. Recommended by K.V., Highland Library, MCDL


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