Category: Need to Know

Debating “Killer Robots” at the United Nations

By Dan Gettinger Today, April 13, experts and delegates from around the world are gathering in Geneva, Switzerland for a discussion on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, or, LAWS. The Meeting of Experts is organized by the United Nations Convention on…

The Drone Exemptions

We have published an updated database of FAA commercial drone exemptions here. By Dan Gettinger On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration released the names of 30 new companies that had approval to use drones commercially. Although the announcement was made…

Domestic Drone Threats

By Dan Gettinger In January, a DJI Phantom quadcopter drone crashed on the White House lawn. The operator had apparently lost control of the drone while he was flying it outside his apartment window in Washington D.C. For some, this…

What You Need to Know About Drone Exports

By Dan Gettinger On February 17, the United States announced that it will loosen restrictions on the sale of armed drones to foreign nations. The policy, which was outlined in a statement by the Department of State, establishes new rules…

Drones in the Defense Budget

For an examination of how drones factor into the House and Senate defense spending bills for FY16, go here. For a breakdown of spending on the MQ-9 Reaper, click here. This guide is out of date. For drones in the…

Customs and Border Protection Drones

By Arthur Holland Michel In 1916, the 1st Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army crossed the U.S. border into Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. Their mission was to provide aerial reconnaissance for General Pershing’s cavalry force. It was the…

What You Need to Know About “Killer Robots”

By Dan Gettinger, @GettDan In 2014, Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) became a hot topic of debate. Military strategists are planning for a future in which autonomous unmanned systems such as aerial drones are capable of making targeting decisions without any…

What You Need to Know About Ash Carter

Need to Know provides context and resources to help you get a better understanding of recent developments in the world of drones. By Dan Gettinger, @GettDan On December 5, President Obama nominated Ash Carter to replace Chuck Hagel as the secretary…

Drones in India

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. What You Need to Know About Drones in India Last May, Mumbai became the first…

Trappy Against the FAA

Need to Know provides context and resources to help you get a better understanding of recent developments in the world of drones. By Dan Gettinger, @GettDan Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent U.S. government agency responsible for…

What You Need to Know About Lasers

Need to Know provides context and resources to help you get a better understanding of recent developments in the world of drones. By Dan Gettinger, @GettDan Earlier this month, China unveiled a new system to defend against drones: lasers. According to…

What You Need to Know About Drone Swarms

Need to Know provides context and resources to help you get a better understanding of recent developments in the world of drones. By Dan Gettinger, @GettDan In August, the U.S. Navy unleashed a swarm of 13 unmanned patrol boats on Virginia’s…