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Decolonize yourselves! (3/4) New weapons, new wars? Military concepts in the 21st century

Whether defense politicians, the military, international lawyers, representatives of the arms industry, supporters or critics, they all have one thing in common: the drone, the remote-controlled aircraft, is a weapon that requires new concepts. Legal, moral, police, intelligence. But do new weapons really require new warfare strategies?

Maintenance of a US combat drone MQ-9 Reaper (picture alliance / U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. N.B./)

As one of the few western observers, the author speaks not only to the theorists. He also researches among those affected in the Afghan-Pakistani border region. The new thing about drone warfare, he states there, is at most the final air strike by an unmanned object. Before that happens, the military planners resort to the techniques of colonial warfare: ethnic conflicts are stoked, middlemen are hired, tribal leaders are courted as allies, criminals are co-opted, collective punishments are imposed.

Decolonize yourselves! (3/4)
New weapons, new wars?
Military concepts in the 21st century
By Marc Thörner

Director: Thomas Wolfertz
Speakers: Axel Wandtke, Jonas Baeck, Rainer Delventhal, Robert Dölle, Roland Görschen, Bruno Winzen and Martin Bross
Sound and technology: Ernst Hartmann and Katrin Fidorra
Editing: Karin Beindorff, Wolfgang Schiller
Production: Dlf 2014


(Part 4 on February 14th, 2020)

Marc Thörner was born in Hamburg in 1964. The journalist and non-fiction author studied history and Islamic studies at the University of Hamburg. His work focuses on the Maghreb countries, the Gulf States, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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