In the digital age, surveillance and reconnaissance functions are usually performed without direct “eyes on” contact. Miniaturization of cameras and recording devices, combined with wireless transmission of digital signals, allow any of us to be observed and recorded with ease, usually without our knowledge or consent. Many of us are, in fact, greatly concerned about the degree to which government agencies utilize this technology to collect data on the individual citizen in direct violation of our Fourth Amendment right to privacy.
The complexity and definition of digital technology for military purposes far exceeds that available to private individuals. The use of high resolution cameras in satellites, drones, and small implantable devices and the ability to share the data in secure networks allows for the collection of essential information without endangering human personnel. The ultimate safety is the use of this sensory input by operators in our country to guide drone attacks in war arenas on another continent.
Over the course of military history, all military commanders have recognized the necessity of obtaining information about the enemy to achieve victory in battle.
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