A Retired Brigadier General on How Drones Misidentify Targets

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He warns that their operators lack important context, and gives a chilling example from the field.


Above Retired Brigadier General Craig Nixon warns of the shortcomings of American drones. As his Aspen Ideas Festival biography states, he is "a partner at McChrystal Group. He retired as a brigadier general in the US Army in 2011. In his more than 29-year Army career, his assignments included seven tours in special operations units and three tours in Korea. Nixon participated in a number of combat operations, including the invasions of Panama and Somalia and seven deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat, three Bronze Star Medals, and the Purple Heart." Don't miss his chilling account of a near tragedy.


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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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