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FAA drone test sites announced

The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the spread of unmanned aircraft across U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research … Continue reading

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Drone Origins: World War II and Vietnam-era Remotely Piloted Vehicles

A DC-130 carries two Ryan Firebee drones under its wing. Drone Origins “Moreover, the pilot of the future will not even need to leave home to wage a foreign war” “In all, an odd prospect: Air combat conducted by men … Continue reading

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FAA releases roadmap for opening America’s skies – but it’s not Skynet (yet)

Since the 1990s unmanned aerial systems, or drones, have operated on a limited basis within U.S. domestic airspace–the National Airspace System (NAS). The main user of drones in the NAS were public agencies, such as the military and border patrol. … Continue reading

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Why are drone strikes in Pakistan “ending”?

John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, met with his Pakistani counterpart on thursday to discuss security issues. He told Pakistani television that the U.S. would soon end drone strikes. “I believe that we’re on a good track,” he said. … Continue reading

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Don’t shoot drones: My top 10 predictions for the future of drones in the U.S.

The U.S.’ Federal Aviation Administration–the organization in charge of American airspace– has warned people that firing at drones endangers the public and property, and could lead to prosecution. What promoted this? An ordinance under consideration at the tiny farming community … Continue reading

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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

Mark Mazzetti (2013) The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth. New York: The Penguin Press. Mazzetti’s book is an unflinching examination of the past and present shadow wars waged … Continue reading

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U.K. aiding U.S. in locating drone targets in Pakistan

There is “pretty compelling” evidence that the Government’s listening post, the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is passing information to the US to help it locate targets for drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas, believed to be a terror hub … Continue reading

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Haqqani network designated terrorist organization

Pakistani officials reacted cautiously on Friday to news that the United States had designated the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network as a terrorist group, allaying fears that the move could drive a fresh wedge between the two uneasy allies. The designation order, signed by … Continue reading

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U.S. flew drones out of Australia

It has recently come to light that gigantic (and cost-inefficient) Global Hawks have been flown out of Edinburgh in South Australia. They were probably used to collect imagery on North Korea. The United States flew highly classified Global Hawk spy … Continue reading

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Evidence suggests civilian drone deaths far higher than official figures

Gareth Porter reports on the mismatch between the widely-cited statistics on drone casualties reported by the New America Foundation, and those reports from eye-witness accounts by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and family statements signed under affadivit. Combining the data on the … Continue reading

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