Tag: US Military

ScanEagle: A Small Drone Making a Big Impact

By Dan Gettinger, @GettDan On December 26, 2013, the day after bombs killed 37 people in Baghdad, the New York Times reported that the United States was secretly selling drones and missiles to the Iraqi government in order to aid the…

Weekly Roundup 12/9

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Weekly Roundup 12/2

If you would like to receive the Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page.  At the Center for the Study of the Drone On November 26, an Israeli mall and cinema complex was converted into…

Are Drones Revolutionary?

By Dan Gettinger In late October, rumors started to circulate around Washington that the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment was about to fall victim to the sequester. The Office of Net Assessment is the military’s strategic think tank; it attempts…

Weekly Roundup 9/23

If you would like to receive the Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe below.  News According to FireEye, a cybersecurity company, the targets of Chinese cyber attacks on the United States have been the American defense contractors who manufacturer drones.…

Armed American Drones for Niger?

By Dan Gettinger Niger is in a tight spot. In the wake of the recent French intervention in Mali along its western border, Niger faces a continued threat from Islamist militant groups allied with al-Qaeda. In the vast Sahara desert…

Weekly Roundup 8/26

To receive our roundup in your inbox, subscribe at the bottom of the page. News Six financial giants in Britain are reconsidering their investment in British Telecom after the telecommunications company was accused of providing technical support for American drone…

Interview: Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin is an American writer and anti-drone activist. In 2002, she co-founded Code Pink, a women-initiated activist organization that has gained national attention for its protests against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, more recently, drones. The group…

News Analysis: The Fort Hood Shooter

By Dan Gettinger   In the early afternoon of November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, with two pistols and several hundred rounds of ammunition. According to witnesses,…

At the Barricades in Istanbul

By Dan Gettinger When I heard the shots, I ran with the others to the side of the street. I reached an alcove and turned around in time to see a silver tear-gas cannister fly past the place where my…

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),…