Category: Features

Memorial Day

By Dan Gettinger The men and women who give in service of this country are often not considered in the wider debate over drones, privacy and targeting killing. Their voices and their stories are not usually a prominent consideration in…

The Birds, the Drones

By Arthur Holland Michel Daphne du Maurier’s short story The Birds, which is about enormous flocks of birds attacking the human population of the British Isles, reveals to us a fear that we most likely won’t have to endure at…

News Analysis: The Forever War Evermore

By Dan Gettinger There is a storm brewing in Washington over the power to wage war. In a hearing on Capitol Hill last Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee heard arguments about the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF),…

Tech: Swarming at UPenn’s GRASP Lab

By Arthur Holland Michel Some of the most exciting and advanced technological developments in the world of drones are coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Last year, videos began…

‘Debris’: Picturing The Civilian Toll

by Seojin Jung Debris: The words and images in this collage are taken from the Stanford/NYU report Living Under Drones, which draws on testimony from civilians living in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas to analyze the effect of living with drones.…

Satellites and Cyberwar

By Dan Gettinger A report released earlier this week by the U.S. Department of Defense highlighted a growing tension between the United States and China: cyber intrusions. For the first time, the military accused China of investing in and employing…

What’s That Sound?

By Arthur Holland Michel There is a fallacy going around that the drone derives its name from the droning sound that it produces when it flies. This little piece of untruth has been remarkably tenacious. In fact, pilotless aircraft are…

Is an Autonomous War a Just War?

By Arthur Holland Michel At The Center for the Study of the Drone, we have been troubling ourselves with the question of whether war carried out entirely by autonomous machines will bring us closer to achieving “just war” – that…

Domestic Surveillance Part II

Domestic Surveillance Part II Drones capture footage of American cities and landmarks. Stills obtained exclusively by the Center for the Study of the Drone. Designations: 6XVRF                    7XVRF   (Images created by…

What We Talk About When We Talk About the Drone

By Arthur Holland Michel Since time immemorial, we have looked up into the sky – into the unknown – in an attempt to understand ourselves. Now, the unknown looks back at us. We are engaged in a staring contest with…

Domestic Surveillance

Domestic Surveillance Drones capture footage of American cities and landmarks. Stills obtained exclusively by the Center for the Study of the Drone. Designations: 6XVRF                    7XVRF            …