Target: U.S. Government
Goal: Stop the rapid worldwide proliferation of dangerous drone technology.
Iran recently announced that it has developed a drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, that can be used to launch missile strikes throughout the Middle East. This is but the latest news in the accelerating global arms race for drone technology. Experts are suggesting that nearly 90 nations may currently have drones. Not only are the numbers of drones and drone users increasing, but the technological capabilities of these drones are advancing at an uncontrolled pace as well. Please urge the U.S. government to take steps to limit the flood of drone weaponry available to eager consumers around the world.
The second annual Global Drone Summit this past weekend addressed the multi-billion dollar drone industry, which is largely driven by U.S. companies. The number of nations in possession of drones nearly doubled between 2005 and 2011, and with few deterrents in sight, investment analysts have projected drone sales will skyrocket from current rates of $5.2 billion a year, to over $11 billion a year in less than a decade. To escape the relative monopoly held by the U.S. and Israel, 10 to 15 other nations, notably China and Iran, have invested heavily in their own drone development programs. The recent report regarding Iran’s technologically advanced drones seems to confirm such programs have been successful.
By signing the petition below, you are urging the U.S. government to take decisive action to make it more difficult for this deadly technology to end up in the hands of dangerous actors.
Dear U.S. Government,
As you are well aware, the proliferation of drones and drone technology is making it easier for non-state actors to acquire this potentially deadly weaponry. Additionally, the precedent we continue to set regarding the use of drones will almost inevitably be used as a justification for drone attacks and for surveillance targeting of the United States and its allies. I urge you to take substantive and immediate steps to limit the proliferation of drones and drone technology worldwide.
Studies suggest that the number of nations in possession of drones nearly doubled between 2005 and 2011. With few deterrents in sight, investment analysts have projected drone sales will skyrocket from current rates of $5.2 billion a year, to over $11 billion a year by 2022. Additionally, other capable developers have recently begun to enter market. As the market and technology continue to advance at a furious pace, the situation will become increasingly unmanageable. By acting now, the United States can demonstrate its leadership and prevent additional dangers in the future.
Please take decisive action to stop the rapid proliferation of drone technology.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson via Wikimedia Commons