Category Archives: Statistics and Graphics

Graphic inventory of total U.S. military drones

The following figures are from the Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap FY2013-2038, which can be found here. Typically, the size and number of drones are inversely correlated, such that the larger drones – like the Global Hawk – number far less … Continue reading

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Understanding Waziristan

AlJazeera has an interactive graphic detailing Pakistan’s North and South Waziristan region HERE–the territorial epicenter of Obama-era drone strikes. What’s missing of course, are the historical geographies of the region – notably British colonialism in the 19th and 20th century… … Continue reading

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Predator drone poster by General Atomics

I haven’t been able to find a better image of the one below – a photo of a Predator drone superimposed over planet earth. I remember seeing something similar to this “commercial” when I visited Washington D.C. and used the … Continue reading

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Majority of world does not support drone strikes

According to a study by Washington-based Pew Research Center, the majority of the 39 countries polled oppose the Obama administration’s drone strikes. In 31 nations, at least half of those surveyed disapprove of the US conducting targeted killings in locations … Continue reading

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Gallup Poll on drone strikes

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) think the U.S. government should use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries against suspected terrorists. Americans are, however, much less likely to say the U.S. should use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries … Continue reading

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Visualizing drone strikes in Pakistan

Drone Strikes in Pakistan, 2004-2012 Percentage of Drone Strikes that Killed Militant Leaders in Pakistan CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, taken from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Note the clustering of strikes around Miranshah and Wana.

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U.S. Senator: 4,700 killed in U.S. drone strikes

Lindsay Graham, a senior Republican Senator said an estimated 4,700 people have been killed in drone strikes. It marks the first time an American official has put a figure to the covert and not-so-covert program of targeted killings across Pakistan, … Continue reading

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22 ways to dodge a drone

The Telegraph has posted a recently recovered al-Qaeda document that details tactics for avoiding drone strikes. They range from wireless hacking to hiding in shadows. The first of 22 is as follows: “It is possible to know the intention and the … Continue reading

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UN: U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan soared in 2012

As previously reported at the end of 2012, the U.S. military runs an extensive drone program in Afghanistan. A recently released UN report confirms that 2012 was indeed a big year for drone strikes in the country, and perhaps represents … Continue reading

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Drone Strikes: A Year in Review

Chris Woods and Jack Serle, of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, have written a comprehensive summary of U.S. drone strikes in 2012. The major ‘trends’ in the numerical data suggest: (a) an absolute reduction in strikes in Pakistan; (b) a relative reduction … Continue reading

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