Tag: Dan Gettinger

Drones Operating in Syria and Iraq

In Syria and Iraq today, there are more drones, made in more countries, and flown by more groups, than in any previous conflict. Once primarily the domain of technologically advanced militaries such as the United States, drones are being adopted…

Drone Bases Updates

This dynamic post will provide regular updates regarding the deployment of drones in military operations as new developments occur and as new information becomes available. The entries will place the latest developments in context. Zarqa, Jordan December 1, 2016 By…

Underwater Drones (Updated)

By Dan Gettinger This article is adapted from a post from November 2015 and includes recent developments and updated spending figures.  In October 2016, the U.K. Royal Navy hosted Unmanned Warrior, a massive exercise involving 18 nations that focused on operations involving unmanned air,…

The Presidential Candidates on Drones

The current U.S. administration’s use of armed surveillance drones for military operations—in particular the hundreds of covert targeted killings that have been conducted outside of declared war zones—is a defining dimension of Barack Obama’s presidency. Since 2009, drones have served…

Report: The Drone Revolution Revisited

Press Contact: Mark Primoff 845-758-7412 primoff@bard.edu NEW REPORT FROM THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE DRONE AT BARD COLLEGE OFFERS DETAILED PORTRAIT OF MAJOR MILITARY DRONE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS OF THE PAST DECADE First Comprehensive Study of 36 Air, Ground,…

The Abbottabad Documents: Part Two

By Dan Gettinger On July 1, 2016, the Obama administration released an official tally of U.S. counterterrorism airstrikes that have occurred outside of declared war zones over the past seven years. According to the report, since 2009 the U.S. has…

Law Enforcement Robots Datasheet

        Background Robots are an increasingly common sight in U.S. police departments. These unmanned ground vehicles are used for roles that are deemed too hazardous for law enforcement officers, such as inspecting and disarming explosive ordnance. The…

Drone Videos from Syria and Iraq

By Dan Gettinger Drones are a becoming a popular tool for conveying what is happening on the front lines in Syria and Iraq. New drone videos from this conflict are released on nearly a weekly basis, enabling high and low…

Drone Spending Update: The NDAA

By Dan Gettinger In an 85 to 13 vote on June 14, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, bringing Congress a step closer to finalizing next year’s military budget. The NDAA is a…

Drone Smuggling: Inside Illegal Exports

By Dan Gettinger On November 1, 2015, Pei Qi “Paul” Ma, the owner and manager of an import/export business based in Xi’an, China, was arrested by police at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Las…

Interview: Thomas Finsterbusch

Thomas Finsterbusch wants to provide customers with all of the benefits of drones minus the hassle of actually flying them. Finsterbusch is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Cape Productions, Inc., which provides action sports with drone video filming…

Visiting DC Drone Day

By Dan Gettinger On May 7, 2016, a group of model aircraft hobbyists gathered at Walt Good Field in Boyds, Maryland to celebrate the D.C. Drone Day. The small airfield, situated some 22 miles outside of Washington, D.C., where rows…