Category: Features

Bard Students Meet Adam Rothstein

Adam Rothstein is an interdisciplinary artist and freelance writer. This past June, he co-curated Murmuration, a month-long online festival of drone art and culture. Adam has become an influential voice in the efforts to consider the drone from cultural and…

Out of the Shadows: The Strange World of Ground Drones

By Arthur Holland Michel, @WriteArthur and Dan Gettinger, @GettDan Aerial drones are media superstars; they tend to hog the spotlight. In their shadows, a whole ecosystem of ground based drones is evolving at an equally fervid pace, with equally significant implications…

Making Sense of the Drone Reports

By Arthur Holland Michel In just over a week, no fewer than four lengthy reports about drone strikes have been released to the public. Christof Heyns, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings and Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur…

Jeh Johnson to Lead Homeland Security

By Dan Gettinger In a ceremony at the White House today, Jeh Johnson was chosen by President Obama to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is replacing Janet Napolitano, who is leaving to become president of the University…

Book Review: Out of the Mountains

By Dan Gettinger A solitary drone flies over a far away mountain valley in Afghanistan operated by a pilot thousands of miles away on a distant base in the Mojave desert. The drone is the icon of remote-controlled warfare. In…

Plato and Drones

In September, Bard Classics professor Thomas Bartscherer delivered a lecture about drones and Plato’s Republic. Here are the notes.   I. Background reading 1) Virgil, Aeneid, Book III (excerpt) 2) Apollonius Rhodius’s Argonautica, Book II (excerpt) 3) http://livingunderdrones.org/victim-stories/ 4) Conor…

Bard and West Point Debate on Drones

On September 12, Bard and West Point students, cadets and faculty engaged in a public debate at Bard College. The resolution was: drones do more good than harm. The affirmative and negative sides were comprised of a mix of Bard…

The Rise of the Drone Lobby

By Arthur Holland Michel On September 24, Bloomberg News reported that in the past year the defence contractor Northrop Grumman has greatly increased its lobbying spending to fight proposed cuts to the military’s Global Hawk drones, which Grumman makes. Grumman…

The Possessed Fighter Jet

By Arthur Holland Michel In the public imagination, military drones shoot at things. But in fact, throughout their history, drones have much more often served to be shot at. This week, Boeing released a video of its latest drone project:…