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Unmanned Drones

The Errant Drone and Other Tales

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It had been an exciting spring for the drones. Notwithstanding ongoing reports of civilians in Pakistan and other countries being accidentally killed by drones, there was some good news.

Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen

Rolling Stone | Vivian Salama | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

The people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of the...

Autonomous Drones and the Ethics of Future Warfare

Drew F. Cohen | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Drew F. Cohen

In an environment where most individuals are not combatants (think: Baghdad or Kabul), autonomous weapons inability to assess individual intention make their presence on the battlefield an international legal liability.

Jared Gilmour

Forest Service Bought Drones To Keep Tabs On Pot Growers, Realized It Couldn't Actually Use Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Jared Gilmour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service spent $100,000 on two drones to track marijuana growers back in 2006. But because of aviation restrictions and a...

Get Ready for the Invasion of the 'Civilian-Owned Drone"'

Adam Banner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

It seems somewhat sinister that any private citizen could use an unmanned aerial vehicle for no legitimate purpose. We already have the government spying on us. Do we need our neighbors stalking us as well?

The Next Generation of Drone Warfare Is Here

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 12.03.2013 | Technology
Eugene K. Chow

Last week, two F-16s took off, broke the sound barrier, executed several complex maneuvers including barrel rolls and "Split S" rolls, and landed -- all without a pilot.

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Spent Millions On Drones Despite 'Uncoordinated' Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice spent millions of dollars purchasing small unarmed drones for domestic use over the last decade, but the ...

Ryan J. Reilly

CIA Won't Even Say How Many Documents It Has About Drones

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The CIA admitted late Friday it has a number of documents about drones, but told a federal court that disclosing even the number of docu...

Ryan J. Reilly

Judge Seems Skeptical Of Administration's Argument In Drone Strikes Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge expressed skepticism on Friday over the Obama administration’s assertion that the judicial branch has no role in a law...

Jet-Sized Unmanned Drone Makes History

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasin...

Protesters Call Drone Program 'Lawless And Destructive'

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

ATLANTA -- About two dozen protesters gathered in Atlanta to protest the use of drones by the U.S. government for spying, surveillance and carrying ou...

Congress Gets Mixed Advice On Drone Regulations

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The growing use of unmanned surveillance "eyes in the sky" aircraft raises a thicket of privacy concerns, but Congress is getting m...

Foust's Liberal Case for Drones or Wishful Thinking?

Heather Roff | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Heather Roff

If this were a human soldier, with all of his moral failings, we'd point the finger at him and prosecute him. We'd blame him. But how do you blame a machine?

Navy Makes History With Unmanned Drone Launch

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH -- A drone the size of a fighter jet took off from the deck of an American aircraft carrier for the first time Tuesday...

Mark Udall: Drones Need To Overcome 'Scary' Stigma

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

The unmanned aerial vehicle industry need to overcome the vision Americans have of "a sky full of drones watching their every move" and integrate "int...

Preston Maddock

Worried About Drones In Your Backyard?

HuffingtonPost.com | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.02.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Worried about drones? Entrepreneurs are ready to help. Concerns about unmanned flying aircraft have resulted in a budding new industr...

Preston Maddock

Faith-Based Groups Criticize Obama's Drone Killings

HuffingtonPost.com | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

Faith-based organizations sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, questioning the morality of the administration's drone program. "The ...

Catherine New

Get Your Anti-Drone System Right Here

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.20.2013 | Small Business

Worried about the government's increased use of drones to spy on citizens? Well, for the price of a new car you may be able to block unmanned flying v...

Pentagon: Iranian Plane Pursued U.S. Drone

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 03.15.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- An Iranian fighter jet approached a U.S. surveillance drone over the Persian Gulf but broke off its pursuit after the pilot of a U.S. es...

Christina Wilkie

Drone Industry Struggles To Rebrand Spy Planes For Commercial Use

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. drone industry next week will hold its second Washington-area conference in as many months in an ongoing campaign by makers of ...

John Celock

Lawmakers Take Steps To Protect Drone Economies

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

The introduction of legislation Wednesday to ban drone use in Kansas has raised concerns over the potential impact of a ban on the state's economy, a ...

The Distinguished Warfare Medal: A Sign of the Changing Times

Heather Roff | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Heather Roff

Leon Panetta recently announced the creation of the "the Distinguished Warfare Medal" to recognize outstanding achievements by unmanned aerial vehicle pilots. Yet how can one evaluate acts in war when the fighter is not on the battlefield and is in no physical danger?

"The Drones Are Coming - Page II"

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

"Mr. Speaker, the domestic use of drones is on the way. There will be more eyes in the sky looking over America." With those words, last week, Repres...

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Drone Strikes (But Were Afraid To Ask)

ProPublica | Cora Currier | Posted 01.11.2013 | World

Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes by Cora Currier, ProPublica Jan. 11, 2013, 1:14 p.m.You might have heard about the "kill list." Yo...

Are Drones Keeping Us in a Losing Cause Longer?

William Astore | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
William Astore

Are they helping us to win wars, or are they essentially prolonging wars that are ultimately unwinnable? So far, it appears that drones aren't decisive. They're merely instrumental. They're instrumental in keeping us in a losing cause.