Category: Features

The Drone Overflow: How to Disagree About Drones

  By Marcel LaFlamme It wasn’t Beau’s finest hour. In the closing minutes of a session on drone warfare at New York University’s Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference last fall, the self-described technologist stood up to ask what was, to…

Burdens of War: PTSD and Drone Crews

By Dan Gettinger, @GettDan On April 2, 2014, Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire on his colleagues at Fort Hood, Texas, killing three people before turning the gun on himself. The mass shooting, the second at Fort Hood in the past…

Who’s Afraid of a Small Drone?

By Alex Pasternack Dianne Feinstein has a bone to pick with drones, especially since she confronted one on her own lawn. “I’m in my home and there’s a demonstration out front, and I go to peek out the window, and…

What Do Bush Officials Have to Say About Drones?

By Zachary Israel Officials who served in George Bush’s administration have been both critical and supportive of President Obama’s use of drones for targeted killing in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The Bush administration was subjected to much criticism and controversy…

“Drones Are Not Toys”: The Russian Program

By Dan Gettinger On April 20, 2008, a Russian MiG fighter shot down a Georgian unmanned surveillance drone over Abkhazia, a separatist region that declared independence in 1999 and maintained a close allegiance to the Kremlin. In response to what…

Drones and the Shifting Expectation of Privacy

By Jared Rankin Though it remains technologically and politically fraught, the vision of a domestic dronespace has been fast tracked for legislation by 2015. It is by now obvious, and much commented-upon, that the introduction of sensor-laden drones into national…

New Jersey’s Failed Drone Bill

By Zachary Israel Responding to the burgeoning interest in the use of drones from public, commercial and private entities, U.S. state legislatures are working to develop a regulatory regime for drones.  Though the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still has until…

White House Debating American Target

By Dan Gettinger On February 10, the Associated Press reported that the Obama administration is considering targeting an American citizen with a drone. According to unnamed government sources, the target, whose identity remains a mystery, is a member of al-Qaeda…

Drone Strikes in Pakistan on Hold

By Dan Gettinger The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that, over the past month, the U.S. government has cut back on the number of drone strikes before peace talks begin between the Pakistani government and the Pakistani Taliban (TTP). According…

The Next Chapter: Confronting al-Shabab

By Dan Gettinger As darkness set in on the evening of January 27, 2014, in the aftermath of the American drone strike, masked al-Shabab fighters collected the scattered body parts of Sahal Iskudhuq, a senior al-Shabab commander, from the side…

Abstracted Culpability: George Brant’s ‘Grounded’

By Joey Sims This article contains spoilers. In the ongoing debate around America’s drone warfare campaign, much of the focus is naturally placed on President Obama and the highest levels of his national security infrastructure. But George Brant’s new play…