Weekend Roundup 5/28

If you would like to receive our weekly roundup directly to your inbox, let us know at barddrones [at] gmail. News Trending Now The United States Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, admitted this week in a letter to Congress that…

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…

Weekend Roundup 5/19

News Trending Now President Obama plans to address the use of drones and the Guantanamo detention facility in a major defense speech this week. (The Guardian) The United States Senate debated the terms of the Authorized Use of Military Force,…

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.…

Weekend Roundup 5/12

News Trending Now Despite weeks of violence, voters in Pakistan were undeterred and turned out in high numbers to an election that could determine the future of drone strikes in that country. (New York Times) The Canadian Mounted Police are putting drones to…

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…