Current US Air Force drone operations and their conduct in compliance with international humanitarian law : an overview
Aaron, M. Drake
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Denver journal of international law and policy, Vol. 39, issue 4, Fall 2011, p. 629-660
The first section gives an overview of a typical USAF RPA operation in terms of command and control. The first section also addresses compliance with IHL principles which govern the use of force - particularly distinction and proportionality. The next section addresses the evolution of semi or fully autonomous drones and their implications for command and control on the battlefield. The final section identifies command responsibility as the principle under IHL that holds accountable those commanders and military members who might fail to comply with IHL during RPA operations.