Tag: Dan Gettinger

The Drones of the Atomic Age

By Dan Gettinger Eight minutes after the detonation of Gilda at Bikini Atoll on July 1, 1946, a fleet of U.S. B-17 Flying Fortresses and F6F Hellcat fighters approached the rising mushroom cloud. The first B-17 entered the cloud at 24,000…

The Surrogate Predator Program

By Dan Gettinger Operating Predator and Reaper drones over the battlefield involves dozens of people. One of the most difficult and crucial jobs within this network is that of the Joint Tactical Air Controller, or JTAC. These personnel serve as…

2015 Drone Year in Review

By Arthur Holland Michel and Dan Gettinger 2015 was a very busy year in the drone world. The U.S. domestic commercial drone industry began to take shape, military drone exports grew significantly, the technology advanced in leaps and bounds, and…

Year in Review: The DARPA Drones

By Dan Gettinger On Monday, December 14, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work outlined the pillars of the “third offset strategy,” a plan to develop the technologies that will maintain the  American military’s technological superiority. Speaking at the Center…

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…

Interview: Lisa Ellman

A version of this interview is available at Drone360.  Lisa Ellman understands the challenges of regulating domestic drones. Between 2009 and 2014, Ellman served in a variety of high-level positions within at the White House and at the Department of Justice, where…

Drone Spending: the MQ-9 Reaper

For proposed spending on the MQ-9 Reaper and other unmanned systems in Fiscal Year 2017, click here. By Dan Gettinger The MQ-9 Reaper is a medium-altitude long-endurance surveillance and strike drone. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., the primary contractor for…

The Air Campaign Against ISIL

By Dan Gettinger On August 21, 2015, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, two British citizens who had traveled to Syria to fight with ISIL, were killed in a British drone strike while traveling in a vehicle outside of Raqqa, Syria.…

Drone Sightings and Near Misses

This post was originally published on August 28, 2015 and updated on September 10, 2015. By Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel As domestic drone use has expanded in recent years, so too has the number of incidents in which manned…

National Guard Drones

By Dan Gettinger On August 28, 2013, an MQ-1 Predator drone took off from March Air Reserve Base in Southern California and headed north. The Predator’s mission was to provide aerial imagery to support almost 4,000 firefighters battling the Rim…

Interview: Max Abrahms

Max Abrahms is an expert on asymmetric warfare. He specializes in studying the dynamics and motivations of militant organizations and individuals that engage in terrorism. In “Leadership Matters: The Effects of Targeted Killings on Militant Groups Tactics,” a forthcoming paper…