Category: Features

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…

The Anatomy of a Human Rights Investigation

By Jason Gregg Drones are becoming a common feature in war. Israeli air operations in Gaza and U.S. operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and, most recently, in Syria, suggest that the use of armed drones in combat will likely continue to expand. The…

Drones in the National Air & Space Museum

By Arthur Holland Michel On Thursday March 19, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, home to such iconic aircraft as the Enola Gay, the Spirit of St. Louis, the SR-71 Blackbird (which travelled from Los Angeles to its final…

Opinion: Taking Stock of the Military

By Dan Gettinger On March 11, 2015, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on President Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIS. In the contentious three hours of the hearing, Secretary of State John Kerry,…

Review: A Theory of the Drone

By Anna Hadfield “What I have to say is openly polemical,” writes Grégoire Chamayou in the introduction of A Theory of the Drone, translated from the French by Janet Lloyd, “for, over and above the possible analytical contributions this book…