The Possessed Fighter Jet

By Arthur Holland Michel In the public imagination, military drones shoot at things. But in fact, throughout their history, drones have much more often served to be shot at. This week, Boeing released a video of its latest drone project: an old F-16 fighter jet that had been turned into …

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 in the north, Libyan militias roam and Tuareg tribesmen threaten …

Art Show: “Under the Last Sky”

  Departing from the recent drone art that plays into to the collective imagination rather than challenge it, Under the Last Sky  brings the spectator into contact with the unseen technology that enables drone operations. Artists Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky have re-appropriated a series of components–electrical wafers, complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors, active …

Fall Internships

We are no longer accepting applications for these positions. However, many other opportunities to become involved are available. Please email csd@bard.edu for more information!  The Center for the Study of the Drone is offering two paid internships to enrolled Bard students for the fall 2013 semester. MEDIA INTERN The Media …

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, Hasan, who worked at the Processing Center, drew an FN …

“Targeted Killing and Drones” ABA Teleconference

By Dan Gettinger On July 25th, I listened in on a teleconference hosted by the American Bar Association titled “Targeting Killing and Drones.” In this post I summarize some of the key points made by the speakers. The full transcript will be published by the ABA next week. In attendance …

Local Correspondent: Roundtable Discussion Goes in Circles

By Naomi Rubel LaChance On June 19th, the director of the FBI told the U.S. Senate Committee that the FBI had used drones for surveillance in limited cases over U.S. soil. On June 20th, the WAMC Roundtable, a local radio talk show that hosts journalists and intellectuals who discuss pertinent …

The Forever War is Always Hungry

By Steven Tran-Creque Whenever someone mentions sovereignty, it’s pretty easy to come away with the impression that all that’s at stake is the law: questions of territory, jurisdiction, violations of airspace, and so on. Consider, for example:   Two months ago, Pakistan accused the United States of violating its sovereignty …