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Solutions, not weapons.

To the Editor: In "The Drone Warriors" (January 2010) concern was expressed about the "enemy" exploiting our drone technology to raise havoc such as to "shut down Manhattan with a budget of $50,000." Well, of course this is possible and is in fact likely.

Any new weapons we develop can be reverse engineered by the "enemy" and then potentially used against us. For the case of drones the "barrier to entry"--in terms of technology and cost--is much less than that of nuclear weapons, for instance. This makes drones the ideal weapon of the future for our "enemies."

So what can be done to provide a future for our children that is not Armageddon? The obvious solution is to put more effort into seeking peaceful solutions to global conflicts. There seems to be an infinite budget available to develop new weapons. How much are we spending on seeking peaceful solutions to global conflicts?

Also, it is becoming increasingly clear that we do not have the money, energy, water, and raw materials to spend on a widespread "war on terrorism." It is a simple fact that resource constraints are going to eventually force us to seek other ways to settle our differences than the current approach, which is very expensive and unsustainable in terms of resources.



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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Rule, William K.
Publication:Mechanical Engineering-CIME
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:May 1, 2010
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