Cult of the Drone: UAVs Have Changed the Face of War in Ukraine – But Not Outcomes (Military.com)

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    Cult of the Drone: UAVs Have Changed the Face of War in Ukraine – But Not Outcomes – By Paul Lushenko (The Conversation) / Feb 17, 2024

    Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have been central to the war in Ukraine. Some analysts claim that drones have reshaped war, yielding not just tactical-level effects, but shaping operational and strategic outcomes as well.

    It’s important to distinguish between these different levels of war. The tactical level of war refers to battlefield actions, such as patrols or raids. The operational level of war characterizes a military’s synchronization of tactical actions to achieve broader military objectives, such as destroying components of an adversary’s army. The strategic level of war relates to the way these military objectives combine to secure political aims, especially ending a war.

    In the war in Ukraine, what have drones accomplished at these three levels?

    Mounting evidence, including my own research as a military scholar who studies drone warfare, suggests that drones have delivered some tactical and operational successes for both Ukraine and Russia. Yet they are strategically ineffective. Despite its increasing use of drones, Ukraine has not dislodged Russia from the Donbas region, and Russia has not broken Ukraine’s will to resist.

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