Michael Hayes

Do we know what we're getting into with drones?

Why must values always take a back seat to the headlong rush of developing technology? ("Md. sees a future in the rise of unmanned aircraft," Aug. 14.)

Sure, the creation of these new jobs in a sagging economy (1,050 jobs at AAI alone over the last decade) looks good to the state and to the nation. But look at the down sides: While drones have, over foreign turf (Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, for example), killed targeted insurgents, they have also taken the lives of noncombatant men, women and children. Then there was the crash in June of an RQ-4A Global Hawk on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Now the push is on for unmanned aircraft to fly over the U.S. Uses for...