Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

Unmanned zooms-in and unpacks a specific form of remote warfare that for many has become emblematic of this approach to war: the use of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles. More commonly known as drones, this weapon technology has allowed states to extend the reach and precision with which they can deliver kinetic force to eliminate identified threats. Focusing on the United States, this documentary addresses the reality of drone wars, namely, the violation of international law, the loss of innocent life, physical harm, psychological and societal trauma, and the potential blow back it creates. The documentary thereby questions the clean and precise nature attributed to remote warfare and illustrating that while though perceived as a means to security by some, it is a source of perpetual insecurity for others.


Greenwald, R. (2013). Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars.