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The New York Times on how targeted killing has come to define the war on terror. “‘Does he turn [Anwar al-Awlaki] over to the Americans and risk a backlash? Does he hold him? It was easier for Saleh to let the Americans take a shot at Awlaki than to send his troops to catch him.’”
Drones will be used to keep an eye out for boats filled with asylum seekers to Australia. (Sydney Morning Herald)
Denel Dynamics, South African state-owned company, will help Saudi Arabia develop drones after the United States refused. (BD Live)
An article by Mark Mazzetti featured in our last roundup revealed that Pakistan made a secret deal with the United States to allow drone flights in their airspace. This week, ex-Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf confirmed Pakistan’s complicity.
Google C.E.O Eric Schmidt joins the chorus of citizens worried about the privacy repercussions of the proliferation of mini-drones. (BBC News)
Cheap drone technology could save your life. (CNN Money)
NBC takes us inside the virtual cockpit of drones.
The New York Air National Guard will expand their hanger for drones at Fort Drum. (Watertown Daily Times)
Commentary and Analysis
Drones will not take over commercial aircraft anytime soon, according to the Atlantic.
A lengthy paper by John Villasenor is available on domestic drones and privacy. (PDF)
Haaretz readers can access an article on the Israeli IDF’s vision for the future battlefield “from Iron Dome to unmanned drones.” (Paywall)
Know Your Drone
The Washington Post reports that a US Navy laser cannon that can shoot down drones and missiles is headed for the Persian Gulf.
Liquid Robotics has developed the first autonomous sea-going drone that uses the ocean’s waves for energy.
Boeing has revealed a massive drone that will act as a flying communications tower.
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