Tag Archives: Reaper

Essay: The Historical Rise of the Predator Drone

The Rise of the Predator Empire: Tracing the History of U.S. Drones [UPDATED HERE]. The MQ-1 Predator is perhaps the most well-known of all military drones used today. It has a wingspan of 55 feet, a length of 27 feet, … Continue reading

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UK Royal Air Force Reapers to double in Afghanistan

The Royal Air Force is set to double its Reaper fleet in Afghanistan. The UK is to double the number of armed RAF “drones” flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan and, for the first time, the aircraft will be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001 – 2050

Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt, Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001 – 2050. Dispatch Books, 2012. 179 pp  For readers of the popular website TomDispatch.com, editors Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse need little introduction. The weekly ‘Tomgrams’ … Continue reading

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Predator Empire: The Geopolitics of U.S. Drone Warfare, 2012 PDF Handout

I have put together a two-page PDF highlighting the key trends of the “Predator Empire”, including figures, images, and maps. It is intended to be a quick overview of some of the key issues. Feel free to share, just make … Continue reading

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The Predator Empire: 10 Thoughts on a New Strategy

The gradual intensification of US Predator and Reaper drone deployments across the planet represents a shift in the strategies of modern day warfare, security, and geopolitics. New theaters have been opened across the Gulf–some secret—some not-so-secret. As a National Strategy, … Continue reading

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