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Wednesday, September 07, 2016
The Washington Post, a military news blog, and Fox News are all reporting on a new Army study that says more terrorists and insurgents are using remote-controlled weapons on the battlefield.
“As the conflict escalates, the likelihood of more of these types of weapons being employed is highly probable,” states the report “Terrorist and Insurgent Teleoperated Sniper Rifles and Machine Guns,” which was published last month by the Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office.
That study is the result of a collaboration between CGU’s Robert J. Bunker and Alma Keshavarz, who analyzed some 21 case studies of remote-controlled machine guns and rifles used in conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. Keshavarz is a doctoral student in political science; Bunker received his doctorate in political science at CGU and serves as an adjunct member of the faculty. Their study features the data sets that they used for their study as well as their conclusions, which many media outlets echoed in their reports.
Although remote-controlled guns are not new, writes Robert Beckhusen on the military news site War is Boring, “their adoption by rebel groups is an innovation arising from an intermingling of war, cheap personal computers and cameras."
For rebel groups, notes the Post, such weapons can make “small bands of insurgent groups seem stronger and better equipped.” The study by Bunker and Keshavarz also includes several photos of insurgent weaponry like the one accompanying this article.
To read the study by Bunker and Keshavarz: click here
For coverage on the military news site War is Boring: click here
For coverage at the Washington Post: click here
For more about the coverage of their study on Fox News: click here
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