Power to the Edge
Over the last two decades military forces around the world have increasingly come to depend on information networks which allow cooperation between highly distributed units and sites. This same period has also seen the growing use of armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or Drones) as a proxy for placing soldiers in harms way. The United States of America is currently the most enthusiastic employer of these systems, but inevitably the activities of this one country are being watched and emulated by others around the world. Power to the Edge is about the implications of a shift towards a highly networked model of war and the rise of increasingly long distance methods of fighting wars. It takes the United State’s drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as a central example, but it is not about these conflicts so much as it is about the future wars which will be fought based on the precedents being set in these places. In particular it examines questions related to the notion of a war which is highly distributed, requires no sacrifice and offers few opportunities for scrutiny and accountability.