Category Archives: History of Drones

The Dronification of State Violence, Part III: The Drone War Paper Trail

Previous section: The Dronification of State Violence, Part II: Historical Origins The Paper Trail So far, we have provided some of the broad-brush strokes of the CIA’s partnership with Pakistan’s ISI. Yet in analyzing the CIA, it is easy to “black … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence, Part II: Historical Origins

Previous section: Life and Death in the West Wing Historical Origins of the Predator War in Pakistan In this section, we briefly trace the geographic and historical antecedents of the Predator war in Pakistan. The objective is to highlight the institutional … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence – published

I have just been notified that Critical Asian Studies have published my co-authored paper, “The Dronification of State Violence.” Here’s the abstract: This article explores the shifting methods of U.S. state violence. Building on their earlier work, the authors focus … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s balloon air force

The Smithsonian carries a video detailing the first helium-filled balloons that were used under the direction of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. The technology was the brainchild of aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe, and an early form of aerial surveillance.

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Visions of the Next War

I have scanned and retouched the following 1974 Newsweek article, which explored some of the excitement, intrigue, and possibility of the revolutionary technology that was emerging out of the Vietnam War. I particularly like the illustrations, by Don Mackay, which … Continue reading

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Aerial Surveillance in World War I

A nice essay on the use of aerial photography during the Great War. Dan Gettinger writes on the precedents to contemporary “pattern of life” analysis carried out by the military. During World War I,  analysts would use stereoscopes to hunt … Continue reading

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Downed American drones paraded in China…

Back in December, 2011 Iran captured a U.S.-built RQ-170 drone. As it turns out, “The Beast of Kandahar” was not piloted by the U.S. Air Force–it was controlled by the CIA. Amidst much fanfare, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard displayed the … Continue reading

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