Updated Tue 21 Feb 2012, 8:10pm AEDT Drones play an increasing and controversial role in modern warfare.
Drone journalism takes off
Drones used by Foreign Countries
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By Lee Fang posted Feb 15th 2012 at 10:15AM
Ten Fun Facts About Drones
A sheriff's office outside of Houston is taking a big and potentially controversial step forward with a new piece of law enforcement technology.
Remember when the military actually put human beings in the cockpits of its planes? They still do, but in far fewer numbers. According to a new congressional report acquired by Danger Room, drones now account for 31 percent of all military aircraft.
Almost One In Three U.S. Warplanes Is a Robot | Danger Room
9 February 2012Last updated at 05:30 ET US drone attacks have killed dozens of militants but also civilians One of the most senior al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Badar Mansoor, has been killed in a US drone strike, local officials say.
Pakistan al-Qaeda chief 'killed' in US drone attack
"One of the most senior al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Badar Mansoor, has been killed by a U.S. drone, according to local officials. Mansoor is suspected of orchestrating attacks in Pakistan and elsewhere that killed dozens of people. Pakistani officials say Mansoor was among four militants killed in the strike. On Thursday, 10 suspected militants were killed in a drone strike in Pakistan." by Feb 9
Iraq Is Angered by U.S. Drones Patrolling Its Skies
Congress Welcomes The Drones
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heads up: Drones are going mainstream. Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.
Pressure builds for civilian drone flights at home
Drones With an Eye on the Public Cleared to Fly
Domestic Use of Drones is Well Underway
The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) within the United States is certain to increase in the years to come, as a new Army policy has recently made clear. (“Army Foresees Expanded Use of Drones in U.S. Airspace,” Secrecy News, January 19.)
Drones Will Be Admitted to Standard US Airspace By 2015
Drones Will Be Admitted to Standard US Airspace By 2015 The FAA's NextGen update is finally being funded. The skies are going to look very different pretty soon, and it's been a long time coming.
Doyle McManus: U.S. targeted killing program needs discussion
When it comes to national security, Michael V. Haydenis no shrinking violet. As director, he ran the Bush administration's program of warrantless wiretaps against suspected terrorists. But the retired air force general admits to being a little squeamish about the Obama administration's expanding use of pilotless drones to kill suspected terrorists around the world — including, occasionally, U.S. citizens.
Missiles being loaded onto a military Reaper drone in Afghanistan. The CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan has killed dozens of civilians who had gone to help rescue victims or were attending funerals, an investigation by the Bureau for the Sunday Times has revealed.
Obama terror drones: CIA tactics in Pakistan include targeting rescuers and funerals
Surveillance drone industry plans PR effort to counter negative image | UK news
Companies seeking to enable the routine use of surveillance drones across Britain are planning a long-term public relations effort to counter the negative image of the controversial aircraft. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association (UAVSA), a trade group that represents the drone industry to the UK government, has recommended drones deployed in Britain should be shown to "benefit mankind in general", be decorated with humanitarian-related advertisements, and be painted bright colours to distance them from those used in warzones, details from a UAVSA presentation show. Plans are also under way to establish corridors of segregated airspace to fly drones – or UAVs – between restricted "danger zones" (airspace where test flights take place) in isolated parts of England and Wales. A series of presentations given by industry figures in recent months show public opposition is considered a major hurdle.
Feinstein tweaks Obama administration for secrecy breaches
Feinstein is criticizing the administration.
"U.S. government officials have generally refused to discuss the CIA drone program publicly, even though it is well known in Pakistan. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has made a couple of comments that appeared to confirm the program, but were more ambiguous than Obama's statements Monday about U.S.-run drone operations "going after Al Qaeda suspects who are up in very tough terrain along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan." by Feb 25
Courthouse News Service
""Although U.S. government officials, including the president and the secretary of defense, have made statements on the record confirming the existence of the targeted killing program, the government has not disclosed the process by with it adds names to the so-called 'kill lists;' the standards under which it determines which Americans may be put to death; or the evidentiary bases on which it concluded that those standards were satisfied in any particular case," the complaint states." by Feb 25
Holder expected to explain rationale for targeting U.S. citizens abroad
Civil libertarians and other critics have been demanding a more thorough and public accounting of the administration’s logic since the killing of Awlaki in September.
Drones and the new fog of war - Ideas@Innovations
Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012
Strike comes a day after David Cameron hosted an international conference on Somalia's future in London By Graham Smith UPDATED: 13:43 GMT, 24 February 2012
Drone strike on car in Somalia kills three Al-Qaeda linked foreign militants