The use of unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs or drones) has become an increasingly attractive option for the White House. It makes it possible to carry out armed interventions with a lower military profile, without creating barely any political debate and causing a small amount of social opposition.
It is also in line with the principle of avoiding commitments that entail the prolonged presence of troops on the ground: an axiom of the current Obama Administration, also supported by academic figures of the standing of John Mearsheimer.
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To cite this article: Javier Jordán, "Drone Attacks Campaign in Yemen", Revista del Instituto Español de Estudios Estratégicos, Vol. 1, No 1, (2013), pp. 37-59.