Category: Features

The Maker Faire Movement

By Dan Gettinger At the 1964 World Fair in New York City, enormous modernist pavilions displayed the latest technological creations. It was a time of great advances in science. Amidst the monuments to the achievements of the Atomic and Space…

Armed American Drones for Niger?

By Dan Gettinger Niger is in a tight spot. In the wake of the recent French intervention in Mali along its western border, Niger faces a continued threat from Islamist militant groups allied with al-Qaeda. In the vast Sahara desert…

A Pirate Drone in Germany

By Dan Gettinger At an election rally on Sunday in Dresden, a drone crash landed in front of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. After flying above the crowd, the drone was forced to the ground when police found and arrested…

Art Show: “Under the Last Sky”

  Departing from the recent drone art that plays into to the collective imagination rather than challenge it, Under the Last Sky  brings the spectator into contact with the unseen technology that enables drone operations. Artists Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky…

The Drone Journalism Revolution

 By Matthew Schroyer Sometimes, the most powerful ideas sprout from a series of seemingly intractable challenges. In 2011, amid the collapse of print media, widespread political upheaval, and natural and manmade disasters journalism faced a new set of challenges. The…

Fall Internships

We are no longer accepting applications for these positions. However, many other opportunities to become involved are available. Please email csd@bard.edu for more information!  The Center for the Study of the Drone is offering two paid internships to enrolled Bard…

That Which Obama Is, He Is

By Kurt Schmidlein “Our war on terror begins with al-Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”      —President Bush, September 20th, 2001…

News Analysis: The Fort Hood Shooter

By Dan Gettinger   In the early afternoon of November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, with two pistols and several hundred rounds of ammunition. According to witnesses,…

The Forever War is Always Hungry

By Steven Tran-Creque Whenever someone mentions sovereignty, it’s pretty easy to come away with the impression that all that’s at stake is the law: questions of territory, jurisdiction, violations of airspace, and so on. Consider, for example:   Two months…

At the Barricades in Istanbul

By Dan Gettinger When I heard the shots, I ran with the others to the side of the street. I reached an alcove and turned around in time to see a silver tear-gas cannister fly past the place where my…