Throughout history, developments in weapon technology have consistently prompted new ways of war: from the longbow to the rifle; from the cannon to the long-range bomber. In the twenty-first century, advanced air forces have deployed weaponised Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – ‘drones’ in popular terminology – in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond. This chapter will consider two examples from Afghanistan that address both conventional battlefield courage, with moral courage in the operation of the RPA. The first incident examines physical courage and occurred in a routine ground patrol by a squad of US Marines from Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8) and ultimately cost the life of Corporal Matthew Richard. The second incident considers the moral courage of a newly-qualified Senior Mission Intelligence Coordinator on 39 Squadron, the Royal Air Force’s Reaper Squadron.
|Title of host publication||Military Virtues|
|Editors||Michael Skerker, David Whetham, Don Carrick|
|Place of Publication||Havant|
|Publisher||Howgate Publishing Limited|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2019|
- moral courage