“The Drone Experience of Targeting Killing in Aerial Warfare”

-International Studies Association 2022-Nashville

SB36: Military Power

When: Saturday, April 2, 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM


36-Jackson B, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center


This paper will examine how aerial warfare has changed throughout time from a sensory perspective in the American Air Force and Navy. Navy and Air Force pilots and copilots in dogfights will be compared with Air Force pilots and sensor operators who fly drones. Interviews conducted at Holloman and Creech Air Force Bases will be used to illustrate the drone sensory experience while interviews from pilots and copilots throughout history will be used to examine dogfights. The research question that this paper seeks to answer is: Has drone (Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)) warfare changed the sensory experience of aerial warfare?


Military Intervention; Military Strategy; National Security; War; Foreign Policy; United States of America (USA)