The military is investigating the first-ever U.S. casualties due to drone warfare. Today Big Think takes a look at a day in the life of a drone operator and the psychological stress that remote warfare puts on our troops.
Apparently, in the fog of war, drone operators could not distinguish U.S. troops from Taliban fighters and ordered a Hellfire missile airstrike on them from a Predator Drone.
This high tech weapon allows the U.S. military an unprecedented ability to track and fire on enemy combatants. But as The Los Angeles Times has reported in great detail, sometimes drone operators fail in the most rudimentary tasks, such as distinguishing friend from foe.
It is hard to imagine the strains of such a job. P.W. Singer, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, explains the psychology of a drone operator in Nevada who spends his nights at home with his family and his days eliminating enemy targets in Iraq:
Last night three U.S. Supreme Court judges participated in the annual mock trial event in Washington D.C. Law professor Kenji Yoshino explains how these events use Shakespeare to teach us about justice.