Category: Need to Know

Industry Intel: Fall Review

By Arthur Holland Michel and Dan Gettinger In a video released on Sunday, Amazon previewed its delivery drone prototype. The two-minute teaser features a drone that can take-off like a helicopter and fly like a fixed-wing airplane, giving it greater…

What You Need to Know About Underwater Drones

For an update on underwater drones, click here.  By Dan Gettinger Late last month, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus appointed Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley to become the first deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems, a position…

The Presidential Primary Candidates on Drones

For our October 2016 update on the presidential candidates, click here.         By Arthur Holland Michel Isobel Coen contributed to research for this story. In the crowded presidential primary field, the use of drones for targeted killing…

High-Altitude Drones

By Arthur Holland Michel Last month, Steve Whitby, an executive at the french aerospace giant Airbus Defence and Space, briefed reporters with some exciting news. Airbus, he said, had entered into a deal with the British Ministry of Defense, which…

The Life and Death of a Drone Bill

By Arthur Holland Michel On January 26, 2015, California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced a short, simple bill to the State Senate. S.B. 142, which was vetoed earlier this month by California Governor Jerry Brown after passing comfortably in the state…

Drones in Southeast Asia

By Tekendra Parmar Need to Know provides context and resources to help you get a better understanding of recent developments in the world of drones. This past July, the United States and Singapore conducted their annual joint maritime warfare exercises;…

Training Drone Pilots

By Dan Gettinger Earlier this year, despite increasing demand for U.S. drones over Iraq and Syria, the Air Force decided to cut the number of drone missions it flies every day. The move is in response to growing concerns within…

China’s Drones

By Arthur Holland Michel In January of this year, photos emerged that appeared to show a China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation CH-3 drone armed with two AR-1 anti-tank missiles lying upside down in a field in Nigeria’s Borno Province,…

Robot Cops Near You

For an updated analysis of 1033 data, click here. By Dan Gettinger After an exchange of gunfire on Saturday morning, in Dallas, Texas, an explosive ordnance disposal robot rolled up to a van parked outside of a fast food restaurant.…

Drones in the Defense Budget: Part Two

By Dan Gettinger On the afternoon of Monday, June 8, 2015, U.S. senators returning from the weekend will tackle the growing conflagration over defense spending. The Senate will resume debate on H.R.1735, the bill authorizing defense spending for Fiscal Year…

Drones in the Abbottabad Documents

By Dan Gettinger On May 20, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released 103 documents that were collected during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011. A large portion of the documents, which have…

What You Need to Know About Helicopter Drones

By Dan Gettinger When it comes to unmanned flight today, fixed-wing drones like the Predator and Reaper have captured much of the public imagination and debate, particular in the military realm. Less mentioned, however, is the fact that helicopter drones—which…