Weekly Roundup 11/18/19

November 11, 2019 – November 17, 2019 Top Stories A suspected U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan reportedly killed seven civilians. According to a local official who spoke with Anadolu Agency, the strike targeted a passenger vehicle in Paktia Province. U.S. military drones have captured footage that appears to show Turkish-backed …

Weekly Roundup 11/11/19

November 4, 2019 – November 10, 2019 Top Stories European airspace and defense firm Airbus unveiled the Low-Observable UAV Testbed (LOUT), a prototype stealth drone that it has been developing secretly with the German military for over a decade. The testbed, which is not intended for flight trials, weighs four …

Weekly Roundup 11/4/19

October 28, 2019 – November 3, 2019 Top Stories Îlham Ehmed, the co-president of the Syrian Democratic Council, said that Turkish drone strikes causing significant Kurdish civilian casualties have continued in spite of a ceasefire in northern Syria. In a statement to reporters during a visit to Washington, Ehmed called …

Weekly Roundup 10/28/19

October 21, 2019 – October 27, 2019 At the CSD In an interview with Larry Mantle on KPCC’s AirTalk, Center for the Study of the Drone co-director Arthur Holland Michel discusses the future of drone deliveries and how it faces some unanticipated challenges. Top Stories The U.K. government released a …

Weekly Roundup 10/21/19

October 14, 2019 – October 20, 2019 Top Stories U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced draft legislation that would grant states, cities, and Native American tribes new powers to regulate drones flying below 200 feet. Under the Drone Integration and Zoning Act, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration would retain responsibility …

Weekly Roundup 10/14/19

October 7, 2019 – October 13, 2019 Top Stories The U.K. House of Commons Science and Technology Committee released a report calling for the government to enact a range of new policies to foster the integration of drones into the country’s airspace system. Among other measures, the report calls for …

Weekly Roundup 10/7/19

September 30, 2019 – October 6, 2019 Top Stories A U.S. airstrike in southern Libya reportedly killed 17 militants. According to an unnamed U.S. official who spoke with The New York Times, the strike against alleged members of the Islamic State was carried out by a Reaper drone. It was …

Weekly Roundup 9/30/19

September 23, 2019 – September 29, 2019 At the Center In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Center for the Study of the Drone co-director Dan Gettinger discusses his new report, The Drone Databook, and explains that drone technology is proliferating beyond just technologically-advanced militaries.  The Drone Databook is …

Weekly Roundup 9/23/19

September 9, 2019 – September 22, 2019 Top Stories A U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan reportedly killed 30 civilians and injured 40 people. According to Afghan officials who spoke with Reuters, the strike was intended for members of the Islamic State in Nangarhar province, but instead hit a group of …

Weekly Roundup 9/16/19

September 10, 2019 – September 15, 2019 Top Stories A large scale attack involving drones and cruise missiles caused significant damage to two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. According to U.S. officials, at least 19 points of impact were observed at the sites. The Houthi group in Yemen claimed responsibility …

Weekly Roundup 9/9/19

September 2, 2019 – September 8, 2019 At the Center Last week, Center for the Study of the Drone co-director Arthur Holland Michel testified before the U.K. Parliament Defence Select Committee as part of the Domestic Threat of Drones Inquiry. In the hearing, Arthur discussed the security implications of near-future …

Weekly Roundup 9/2/19

August 26, 2019 – September 1, 2019 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center In a review of The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy, and the Law by Jameel Jaffer, Center for the Study …