Tag: US Military

Drone Activity in Iran

By Dan Gettinger The Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman have, for several years, been a nexus for Iranian military drone activity. At no time was this more evident than on January 29, the day Iran claimed that it had…

Weekly Roundup 2/29/16

2/22/16 – 2/28/16 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone Three of the most technologically experimental wings of…

Updates to the FY17 Defense Budget Request

By Dan Gettinger In late February, the Pentagon released the budget justification books for Special Operations Command, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Missile Defense Agency. Combined, these three departments have allocated $503.3 million to drone procurement, research and…

The American Drone Base in Cameroon

Imagery Update: February 5, 2017     By Dan Gettinger Garoua, a city in northern Cameroon, lies along the Benue River approximately 30 miles east of the Nigerian border. Across the runway from the main terminal at Garoua International Airport sits…

Drone Spending in the FY17 Defense Budget

  On February 9, 2016, President Obama unveiled the federal government’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The proposed request includes $587.2 billion in military spending, which is split between a $523.9 billion base budget and a $58.8 billion Overseas Contingency Operations…

Weekly Roundup 2/8/16

2/1/16 – 2/7/16 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone Today the Center for the Study of the Drone…

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…

Weekly Roundup 1/11/16

1/4/16 – 1/10/16 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone Our Media Portals page was created in January 2015…

Weekly Roundup 1/4/16

12/28/15 – 1/3/16 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone 2015 was a busy year in the drone world.…

Weekly Roundup 12/28/15

12/21/15 -12/27/15 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. News Drones have been banned from World Cup ski events after a large multirotor drone that was being used…

Weekly Roundup 12/21/15

12/14/15 -12/20/2015 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. military’s future-making…