Evolution of criminal drones: arming by cartels of aerial IEDs


Evolution of criminal drones: arming by cartels of aerial IEDs

Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan, editors

SWJ released a new curated collection Evolution of criminal drones: arming by cartels of aerial IEDs document the evolution of drone use by criminal cartels, gangs and armed criminal groups (CAGs) in Mexico and beyond. Evolution of cartel drones demonstrates the spread of the development of drone technology and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) among criminal actors while also pointing to future potentials.

This Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology contains a preface on the use of criminal drones by journalist David Hambling followed by a foreword describing drones in criminal orders of battle (OOB) by Lisa J. Campbell. After an introduction by the editors, the text contains 22 chapters documenting the evolution of the use of drones in the competitive ecology of the narco-conflict in Mexico. It ends with a conclusion from the editors, an afterword by Conrad ‘Andy’ Dreby and Scott Crino on the potentials of drones, a postscript by James T. Torrance on future threats from unmanned systems, and five appendices.

Evolution of criminal drones is the companion of the collection organized previously Illicit Tactical Progress: Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes 2013-2020 , also edited by SWJ-El Centro Principal partners Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan. Together, these two books provide valuable insight into the development of armed criminal groups and the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) they employ.

Source: Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan, editors, Evolution of criminal drones: arming by cartels of aerial IEDs. Bloomington: Xlibris, 2021.

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