Category: Features

Study: Drones in the FY 2019 Defense Budget

The Department of Defense has requested approximately $9.39 billion for unmanned systems and associated technologies in the FY 2019 budget. This proposal includes funding for the procurement of 3,447 new air, ground, and sea drones. The FY 2019 budget proposal…

Drone Bases Updates

This dynamic post will provide regular updates regarding the deployment of drones in military operations as new developments occur and as new information becomes available. The entries will place the latest developments in context. Jizan, Saudi Arabia 16°54’04″N 42°35’09″E March…

Report: Counter-Drone Systems

Counter-drone technology, also known as counter-UAS, C-UAS, or counter-UAV technology, refers to systems that are used to detect and/or intercept unmanned aircraft. As concerns grow around the potential security threats drones may pose to both civilian and military entities, a…

Drone Year in Review: 2017

Like each of the five years since the Center for the Study was founded, 2017 was a busy one in the world of drones. In both the military and civilian spheres, this year saw remarkable technological advances, major deals, expanded…

A Message from the CSD

Dear Reader, This year, the Center for the Study of the Drone has continued to shape the conversation around unmanned systems technology. We have uncovered new fronts of military drone proliferation in places like Egypt and China. Our publications have…

Datasheet: Amazon’s Drone Patents

Today, the Center for the Study of the Drone published “Amazon’s Drone Patents,” a survey of the more than 60 patents that Amazon has been awarded in recent years for its planned drone delivery program. The study found that the…

Drones at Home: Drone Incidents

Today the Center for the Study of the Drone published “Drone Incidents: A Survey of Legal Cases,” an in-depth study on over two dozen legal cases that have been prosecuted by authorities other than the FAA. This is the third installment in a three-part…

Loitering Munitions In Focus

In the early history of unmanned aviation, the distinction between a drone and guided missile was not always well defined. The World War One-era Kettering Bug, regarded to be one of the first drones, was designed to deliver an explosive…

The Drone Database

A growing number of countries are developing or acquiring unmanned aircraft systems. These drones are playing an ever-larger role in conflicts around the world. For example, we identified 38 drones made in six countries that are active in the conflict…

2016 Drone Year in Review

  By Arthur Holland Michel Every day of the year, we track the news from the drone world very closely. (If you haven’t already, you should subscribe to our Weekly Roundup newsletter to stay on top of the latest: you…

Drones Operating in Syria and Iraq

In Syria and Iraq today, there are more drones, made in more countries, and flown by more groups, than in any previous conflict. Once primarily the domain of technologically advanced militaries such as the United States, drones are being adopted…

The Presidential Candidates on Drones

The current U.S. administration’s use of armed surveillance drones for military operations—in particular the hundreds of covert targeted killings that have been conducted outside of declared war zones—is a defining dimension of Barack Obama’s presidency. Since 2009, drones have served…