The Moral Implications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems upon Coalition Warfare

  • Lieutenant Colonel Jason Rueschhoff

A unique nexus exists between coalition warfare, its employment of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), and Just War Theory (JWT). Understanding the profound moral implications of UASs upon coalition warfare will facilitate successful combined engagements. This paper will examine UAS usage in coalition warfare within the framework of JWT and highlight the results to coalition cohesion, integration, and future relationships. It will then provide several recommendations on the way forward.