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A Study on the Historical Development of Military UAVs and Their Strategic Implications

Song, Seongjong 1 Kil, Byung-ok 1

1충남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The number of countries that have interests in the development of UAV(Unmanned Aviation Vehicle) have been growing exponentially. UAVs have demonstrated their utilities as efficient means that can be operated in wider range of military missions in 3D (the dull, the dirty, and the dangerous) scenarios. Nowadays, UAVs have potentiality that can be evolved into another “game changer”, capable of transforming the entire landscape of future warfare, such as tanks, airplanes, missiles, and nuclear weapons, all of which were called “revolutionary technologies” in human history. The main purpose of this article is to explore and identify the influence of UAVs and related technologies on inter-Korea relations, regional security environments, and the future warfare upon the basis of multidimensional analysis on the history in the development of military UAVs that the United States has dominated for more than a century. With this researching subject front and center, the paper attempts to analyze chronologically the changes in the evolution of UAVs from the perspective of and, in the context of dynamic interaction among three major factors, namely then military requirements, change in international security situations, and technological advances, focusing on the case of the United States that has maintained the status of dominance and superiority through unparalleled technological power. In addition, it reviews the current state of affairs in the worldwide trend where UAVs and related technologies have been proliferated rather dramatically since the United States declared “Global War on Terrorism” in the aftermath of 9/11 terror attack. Furthermore, this article examines the strategic ramifications and implications of UAV proliferation on miscalculations, accidental confrontations and terror attacks by weapons of mass destruction in the setting of regional, especially South-North Korea, security environments.

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