The distance paradox: reaper, the human dimension of remote warfare, and future challenges for the RAF
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shooter and target has been characterised by steadily increasing physical and
psychological distance. The advent of remotely piloted air operations in the twenty-first century, such as those conducted using the MQ-9 Reaper, produces a distance paradox: the physical distance of the crews from operational theatres now extend across continents, while the visual, emotional and psychological distance to their targets is closer to that experienced by First World War aircrew. This paper reflects on key human aspects of remote air operations through the experiences of Reaper personnel, linking current challenges to historical precedent, and identifying future challenges that will need to be addressed to optimise performance and resilience in the decades to come.
|Journal||Air and Space Power Review|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2018|
- Reaper and Future Challenges for the RAF_Air Power Review 2018
Rights statement: This article was first published in the Royal Air Force’s Air Power Review Volume 21 Number 3 (Autumn/Winter 2018) under the Open Government Licence v3.
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