Category: Features

The Air Campaign Against ISIL

By Dan Gettinger On August 21, 2015, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, two British citizens who had traveled to Syria to fight with ISIL, were killed in a British drone strike while traveling in a vehicle outside of Raqqa, Syria.…

Drone Sightings and Near Misses

This post was originally published on August 28, 2015 and updated on September 10, 2015. By Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel As domestic drone use has expanded in recent years, so too has the number of incidents in which manned…

Drones in Popular Culture

  This feature is based on an essay presented by the author at “Reconfiguring Global Space: The Geography, Politics, and Ethics of Drone Warfare,” which took place Indiana University – Bloomington in July of this year By Arthur Holland Michel…

National Guard Drones

By Dan Gettinger On August 28, 2013, an MQ-1 Predator drone took off from March Air Reserve Base in Southern California and headed north. The Predator’s mission was to provide aerial imagery to support almost 4,000 firefighters battling the Rim…

Mapping the Drone Industry

For our analysis of all 333 exemptions issued in 2014-2015, click here. In July, we released a database of every company and individual currently operating drones commercially in the U.S. The dataset, which will be updated regularly as the FAA…

The Exemptions Database

This database has been updated to reflect new exemptions up to July 31, 2015.  By Arthur Holland Michel and Dan Gettinger Until the Federal Aviation Administration implements comprehensive regulations for the use of unmanned aircraft within the U.S. sometime in…

Gallery: The Drone Association

By Arthur Holland Michel From May 4 to May 7, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held its annual Unmanned Systems convention in Atlanta, Georgia. In any given year, Unmanned Systems is likely the largest gathering of drone…

Chronicle of the Salty Dogs: The X-47B

By Roger Connor Retired in April 2015, the U.S. Navy’s two Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned air vehicles – known by their call signs as Salty Dog 501 and Salty Dog 502 – represent the most significant progress in Unmanned Combat…

The Disposition Matrix

By Dan Gettinger On Thursday, April 23, President Obama acknowledged that a CIA drone strike had accidentally killed an American and an Italian in northwest Pakistan in January. The two men, Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, were aid workers…

Postgame: the U.N. Debate on Lethal Robots

By Kelley Sayler This post was published in conjunction with the Center for a New American Security, which has an ongoing project on Ethical Autonomy. CNAS’ statement to the CCW can be found here. For our backgrounder on the UN CCW…

CNAS Primer on LAWS for UN Delegates

This paper is published with permission from the Center for a New American Security. By Paul Scharre, Michael C. Horowitz, and Kelly Sayler On April 13-17, delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) will discuss lethal autonomous weapon…