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  • USAF Drones May Conduct “Incidental” Domestic Surveillance

    05/08/2012 12:39:51 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    FAS ^ | 08 May 2012 | Steven Aftergood
    U.S. Air Force policy permits the incidental collection of domestic imagery by unmanned aerial systems (drones), but ordinarily would not allow targeted surveillance of a U.S. person.  The Air Force policy was restated in a newly reissued instruction on oversight of Air Force intelligence.“Air Force Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations, exercise and training missions will not conduct nonconsensual surveillance on specifically identified US persons, unless expressly approved by the Secretary of Defense, consistent with US law and regulations,” the instruction stated.On the other hand, “Collected imagery may incidentally include US persons or private property without consent.”“Collecting information on specific targets...
  • Drone Sites Map

    04/24/2012 8:15:21 AM PDT · by JoanVarga · 5 replies
    Primordial Slack ^ | 4/24/2012 | Joan Of Argghh!
    Looky here, no drone sites in Illinois! Actually, the direct Google map link has a curious list of mainly college campuses and police departments. Apparatchiks. Check it out. Keep in mind, these are the authorized sites. Kate, at Small Dead Animals, kills with the juxtaposition of it all.
  • Is there a drone in your neighbourhood?

    04/24/2012 6:23:05 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 107 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 05:15 EST, 24 April 2012 | Julian Gavaghan
    Is there a drone in your neighbourhood? Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S. Unmanned spy planes are being launched from locations in 20 states and owners include the military and universities. There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit. The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states. Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations,...
  • Interview With Harold Koh, Obama's Defender of Drone Strikes

    Harold Koh, who once called Bush the "torturer in chief," has become one of President Obama's fiercest defenders of aerial drone strikes.
  • US draws up plans for nuclear drones

    04/02/2012 12:43:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 4/2/12 | Nick Fielding
    American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling. The blueprints for the new drones, which have been developed by Sandia National Laboratories – the US government's principal nuclear research and development agency – and defence contractor Northrop Grumman, were designed to increase flying time "from days to months" while making more power available for operating equipment, according to a project summary published by Sandia. "It's pretty terrifying prospect," said Chris Coles of Drone Wars UK, which campaigns against the increasing...
  • U.S. drones attack militants in Pakistan, Yemen (suspected al Qaeda targets)

    03/30/2012 2:51:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/30/12 | Mark Hosenball - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-operated drones carried out deadly missile strikes against suspected al Qaeda targets in Pakistan and Yemen on Friday, U.S. government sources said. There was no connection between the targets in the two locations, other than the fact that both sets of militants who were attacked were believed to have had some connection with al Qaeda affiliates, .. Reports from Aden said that at least five suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a car in southern Yemen's Shabwa province were killed when a drone strike set their vehicle on fire. Witnesses said a second drone hit an empty...
  • NATO to buy 5 US-made reconnaissance drones

    02/15/2012 10:35:19 PM PST · by U-238 · 4 replies
    MSNBC/AP ^ | 2/15/2012 | Slobodan Lekic
    NATO will buy U.S.-made reconnaissance drones and equipment for more than €1 billion ($1.3 billion) after the war in Libya highlighted shortcomings in its surveillance and targeting capabilities. An alliance official said Wednesday the total included five of Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Global Hawks, ground control stations, analysis equipment, and training for operators. He spoke on condition of anonymity following NATO rules. The official said the order, which coincides with sharp defense cuts across the alliance, is expected to be signed in spring. Deliveries will take place between 2015 and 2017. He said 13 NATO nations will band together to buy...
  • Who Is Flying Unmanned Aircraft in the U.S.? Gov't Withholds Info on Drone Flight Authorizations

    02/15/2012 7:13:14 AM PST · by FourPeas · 22 replies
    San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), demanding data on certifications and authorizations the agency has issued for the operation of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones. Drones are designed to carry surveillance equipment – including video cameras, infrared cameras and heat sensors, and radar – that can allow for sophisticated and almost constant surveillance. They can also carry weapons. Traditionally, drones have been used almost exclusively by military and security organizations. However, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses drones inside the United States to patrol the U.S....
  • Air Force budget proposal would replace jets at Arkansas base with drones squadron

    02/15/2012 6:33:05 AM PST · by FourPeas · 13 replies
    FORT SMITH, Ark. — A plan by Air Force officials would remove the A-10 aircraft mission from the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith next year and possibly replace it with one involving remotely piloted aircraft. The proposal released by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz on Friday would give the 188th Fighter Wing an MQ-1/9 Remote Split Operations Squadron that would be made up of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly referred to as drones. The MQ-1 and MQ-9 wouldn't be assigned to the base, only a ground control operation station from which the unmanned aircraft are operated. [snip]...
  • Pryor: Tough fight ahead to keep Guard A-10 mission at Fort Smith [MI Selfridge, & IA F-16's too]

    02/15/2012 6:28:57 AM PST · by FourPeas · 3 replies
    Arkansas News ^ | 9 Feb 2012 | Peter Urban
    [snip] Air Force Secretary Michael Donley met Tuesday with Michigan Reps. Candice Miller and Tim Walberg, who concerned about losing the A-10 mission at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. “Secretary Donley indicated that the Obama Administration is not open to making any alterations to their proposed cuts and all of the cuts outlined last week will be included in the budget the President plans to send to Congress next week,” the two Republicans said in a joint statement. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, left a Thursday meeting with Donley still frustrated with the Pentagon’s plans for the Iowa National Guard’s 132nd...
  • Congress Demands Drones Over America

    02/10/2012 8:42:52 PM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    AviationPros.com ^ | February 10, 2012 | Harley Geiger
    Congress is demanding drones in the air over the United States - without considering the civil liberties issues. Within the span of three days last week, the House and then the Senate passed a law - H.R. 658 - requiring the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to speed up, within 90 days, its current licensing process for government use of drones domestically and to open the national airspace to drone aircraft for commercial and private use by October 2015. While the law requires the FAA to develop guidance on drone safety, the law says absolutely nothing about the privacy or transparency...
  • America's police state: The drones are coming

    02/10/2012 8:31:56 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    Pittsburgh live.com ^ | February 10, 2012
    America's police state: The drones are coming Friday, February 10, 2012 A new federal law accelerating domestic use of government aerial surveillance drones brings America frighteningly close to an Orwellian police state. President Obama is expected to sign the FAA Reauthorization Act, which expedites approval for federal, state and local police to use these drones. The Federal Aviation Administration's existing case-by-case approach is chilling enough -- it's being sued over its refusal to disclose publicly which agencies use drones and how they're used. Still, it's known that the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection arm uses drones domestically....
  • I Think DHS Just Called Me a Terrorist.

    I think the Department of Homeland Security just called me a terrorist. Not only me, but millions of other law-abiding Americans, not to mention Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, Samuel Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Patrick Henry, among others.
  • Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    02/08/2012 8:11:18 AM PST · by rarestia · 116 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | Shaun Waterman
    Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace. The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
  • A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

    02/04/2012 9:49:45 AM PST · by Sprite518 · 43 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/31/2012
    Something tells me that the University of Pennsylvania is not in the toy business. Got to see this!
  • CIA has suspended drone attacks in Pakistan, U.S. officials say

    12/23/2011 7:20:57 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 23, 2011, 4:48 p.m. | Ken Dilanian
    <p>In an effort to mend badly frayed relations with Pakistan, the CIA has suspended drone missile strikes on gatherings of low-ranking militants believed to be involved in cross-border attacks on U.S. troops or facilities in Afghanistan, current and former U.S. officials say.</p>
  • Drones over Iran? Maybe not

    12/17/2011 9:48:27 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/17/2011 | Jim Emerson
    In the cat and mouse game of espionage every once in a while back operations are exposed to the light of day. The loss of a RQ-170 Sentinel drone was such an event. As reported the drone was being used to gather real-time intelligence against an alleged nuclear weapons facility inside of Iran. The Iranians are using the drone in their propaganda campaign against the United States in order to distract attention away from its own nuclear weapons development, missile development programs and the evasion of the British Embassy in Tehran. Why Use Drones? Drones are extremely effective by maintaining...
  • US mulling sale of armed Predator drones to allies including India

    12/15/2011 7:55:10 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 10 replies
    WASHINGTON: US is eyeing to sell its battle proved armed drones to key allies, including India, but the move is being opposed by lawmakers who don't want the technology to be exported. "The Pentagon wants more North Atlantic Treaty Organization members to have such pilotless aircraft to ease the burden on the US in Afghanistan and in future conflicts like the alliance's air campaign in Libya this year," Obama Administration officials were quoted by The Wall Street Journal as saying. It is believed that India would be one of the potential target countries for the US to sell its drones....
  • Predator drone spy plane used in civilian arrests

    12/10/2011 7:34:07 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 105 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 10, 2011 | Brian Bennett
    Unmanned aircraft from an Air Force base in North Dakota help local police with surveillance, raising questions that trouble privacy advocates. Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three...
  • Drones Cleared For Domestic Use Across The US

    12/07/2011 6:36:40 AM PST · by Just4Him · 77 replies
    What do you know about drones? You know drones — those robotic, unmanned planes that fire missiles for the American military across Afghanistan, Pakistan and anywhere else the United States needs to get away with murder. Well if you don’t know too much, don’t worry, that’ll change soon. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into rules that will bring the controversial aircraft into the country, creating an United States airspace buzzing with tiny, robot planes to look over every inch of American soil — and maybe more. An article published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times reveals that new drone...
  • Drone that crashed in Iran may give away U.S. secrets

    12/06/2011 8:56:48 AM PST · by Qbert · 43 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times via Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 6, 2011 | W.J. Hennigan, David S. Cloud & Ken Dilaniar
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington— The radar-evading drone that crash-landed over the weekend in Iran was on a mission for the CIA, according to a senior U.S. official, raising fears that the aircraft's sophisticated technology could be exploited by Tehran or shared with other American rivals. It was unclear whether the drone's mission took it over Iran or whether it strayed there accidentally because of technical malfunctions, the official said. Though the drone flight was a CIA operation, U.S. military personnel were involved in flying the aircraft, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the...
  • Chaos: Pakistan wants U.S. drone base shut after NATO attack kills 26 Pakistani troops

    11/26/2011 5:57:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/26/2011 | Allahpindit
    Such is the state of U.S./Pakistan relations that no one seems fully confident this was accidental. Is there another “alliance” in the world of which that could be said — where one country wipes out two dozen troops from the other and it’s not instantly clear it was a terrible miscalculation instead of a response to some shadowy provocation?Is it “friendly fire” if the two sides aren’t really friendly? “It seems quite extraordinary that we’d just nail these posts the way they say we did,” said one senior American official who was in close touch with American and NATO officials...
  • Drone Gives Texas Law Enforcement Bird's-Eye View on Crime

    11/17/2011 4:01:12 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 16, 2011 | Kris Gutiérrez
    The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is weeks away from launching an unmanned aerial asset to help deputies fight crime. The ShadowHawk helicopter is six-feet long, weighs fifty pounds and fits in the back of an SUV. “We can put it over a fire, put it over ahazmat spill, put it over a house with a suspect barricaded inside and literally give the incident commander the ability to look at the entire scene with a bird’s eye view, ” Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel said. Sheriff’s deputies will fly the ShadowHawk with nothing more than a laptop computer and a remote control...
  • Multiple missteps led to drone killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan

    11/06/2011 9:57:05 AM PST · by Cardhu · 7 replies
    La Times ^ | November 5th 2011 | David S. Cloud and David Zucchino
    Reporting from Washington— On the evening of April 5, a pilot settled into a leather captain's chair at Creech Air Force Base in southern Nevada and took the controls of a Predator drone flying over one of the most violent areas of southwestern Afghanistan. Minutes later, his radio crackled. A firefight had broken out. Taliban insurgents had ambushed about two dozen Marines patrolling a bitterly contested road. The Air Force captain angled his joystick and the drone veered toward the fighting taking place half a world away, where it was already morning. He powered up two Hellfire missiles under its...
  • Iraq could use human germ carriers against West: defector

    09/20/2002 7:20:00 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 382+ views
    Agence France-Presse | September 20, 2002
    WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (AFP) - Iraq could unleash a biological attack on the West by using unsuspecting people traveling abroad as carriers of deadly germs, a prominent Iraqi defector warned late Thursday. Nuclear scientist Khidhir Hamza, who left Iraq in 1994 and now lives in the United States, told the US Congress he suspected the Iraqi security service, which runs the country's biological weapons program, had already used people traveling abroad to reunite with relatives to infect exiled dissidents with the deadly AIDS virus. "An angle rarely reported -- and I found extensive incidents regarding it when I left...
  • US admits flying drones out of Ethiopia (aircraft were unarmed and not carrying out raids)

    10/28/2011 9:18:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/28/11 | AFP
    The United States acknowledged Friday it was flying drones out of Ethiopia under a counter-terrorism campaign in the Horn of Africa but said the aircraft were unarmed and not carrying out raids. "The US has unarmed and unmanned aircraft at a facility there to be used only for surveillance as part of a broad, sustained integrated campaign to counter terrorism," Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby told AFP. "These unmanned aircraft are being used only for surveillance and not conducting strike missions." The Pentagon, the White House and the State Department confirmed the drone flights out of the airfield in Arba...
  • Coming Soon: The Drone Arms Race

    10/08/2011 2:55:42 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 3 replies
    AT the Zhuhai air show in southeastern China last November, Chinese companies startled some Americans by unveiling 25 different models of remotely controlled aircraft and showing video animation of a missile-armed drone taking out an armored vehicle and attacking a United States aircraft carrier. The presentation appeared to be more marketing hype than military threat; the event is China’s biggest aviation market, drawing both Chinese and foreign military buyers. But it was stark evidence that the United States’ near monopoly on armed drones was coming to an end, with far-reaching consequences for American security, international law and the future of...
  • Ron Paul criticizes Obama for U.S. role in killing of Awlaki

    09/30/2011 3:09:34 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 104 replies · 2+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 30 SEPT 2011 | Michael Muskal
    Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, on Friday criticized the Obama administration’s action in killing Anwar Awlaki, the American-born cleric who advocated jihad against the United States. Paul was the strongest critic on the Republican side in condemning the attack, which was praised by other candidates including Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a libertarian like Paul, also questioned the tactic of killing a U.S. citizen without due process.
  • Obama Sold Turkey Drones (Predators)

    09/26/2011 1:07:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/26/2011 | Lee Smith
    Yesterday, the Turkish media reported, “Turkey … agreed with the US on a deal involving the transfer of US-engineered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that could prove crucial in combating terrorism.” The Predator drones, expected to be delivered in June 2012, are supposed to help the Turks combat terrorists, which in Ankara’s narrow definition means the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) crossing into Turkey from the Iraq border. The Predators, said Turkish defense minister İsmet Yilmaz, “are UAVs with better qualities and features than the [Israeli-made] Herons.” Ankara, the report explains, was “disappointed by Israel's failure to return six Herons it had...
  • Surveillance drone crashes in Somali capital

    08/19/2011 4:20:49 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    AP via Google ^ | August 19,2011
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A surveillance drone has crashed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. An Associated Press reporter saw pieces of the drone, which was shaped like a small plane, before it was removed by African Union soldiers. It had crashed into a house in the city center.
  • Rick Perry: Use Predators to track illegal drug traffic on U.S. border

    08/16/2011 4:56:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/16/11 | Andrew Malcolm
    Two themes have already emerged in the still-early 2012 presidential contest:Republicans are running against Washington and President Obama is running against part of Washington, the Congress that gave him his early legislative achievements.The newest entrant to the GOP race is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who touched on one of the most emotional and volatile issues sitting on the nation's debate table: border security, illegal drugs from Mexico and illegal immigrants.In his announcement speech in South Carolina on Saturday, Perry said:America’s standing in the world is in peril, not only because of disastrous economic policies, but
  • Armed Drones,Illegal in “International lawyers’” world:legal in the real world

    07/23/2011 8:21:36 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | Jul 23, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell addressed the House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs regarding the legality of unmanned drones. Her basic premise;in a designated war zone the use of armed drone is legal instrument of war but when used outside the immediate area it is a violation of international law. Much debate in legal circles has led to the consensus that such actions are illegal because the US is not in a war against a state. In their view al Qaeda is a criminal organization and the Taliban is their land lord. In a narrow perspective of international law,the...
  • Suspected US drones kill 38 in Pakistan

    07/12/2011 4:41:56 PM PDT · by csvset · 11 replies
    The unusually heavy barrage suggests the US has no intention of halting its drone programme despite tensions with Pakistan Three suspected US missile strikes in north-western Pakistan in less than 12 hours have killed at least 38 alleged militants, an unusually heavy barrage at a time when relations between the two countries are badly strained, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
  • Global race on to match US drone capabilities

    07/05/2011 5:06:25 PM PDT · by indthkr · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/04/11 | By William Wan and Peter Finn
    At the most recent Zhuhai air show, the premier event for China’s aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled at the accompanying display of its purported martial prowess. In a video and map, the thin, sleek drone locates what appears to be a U.S. aircraft carrier group near an island with a striking resemblance to Taiwan and sends targeting information back to shore, triggering a devastating barrage of cruise missiles toward the formation of ships. Little is known about the actual abilities of the WJ-600 drone or the more than two dozen other...
  • Somalia says US forces snatch militants hit in drone strike (boots on the ground)

    07/03/2011 11:09:49 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 41 replies
    AP via Boston Globe ^ | July 3, 2011 | Malkhadir M. Muhumed
    NAIROBI, Kenya - US military forces landed in Somalia to retrieve the bodies of dead or wounded militants after a US drone strike targeted a group of insurgents, Somalia's defense minister said yesterday. The operation is at least the second time US troops have landed in Somalia after a targeted strike, ...
  • U.S. Expands Its Drone War Into Somalia

    07/02/2011 6:03:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 7/2/11
    WASHINGTON — The clandestine American military campaign to combat Al Qaeda’s franchise in Yemen is expanding to fight the Islamist militancy in Somalia, as new evidence indicates that insurgents in the two countries are forging closer ties and possibly plotting attacks against the United States, American officials say. An American military drone aircraft attacked several Somalis in the militant group the Shabab late last month, the officials said, killing at least one of its midlevel operatives and wounding others. The strike was carried out by the same Special Operations Command unit now battling militants in Yemen, and it represented an...
  • Ex-DEA Informant Was Terrorist Mole, Plotted to Kill Lockheed Martin Chief (David Headley)

    06/01/2011 8:37:45 AM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | June 1, 2011 | Jason Mick
    Pakistani terrorist helped carry out deadly attacks worldwideIt's not easy being the chief of one of the U.S. Department of Defense's largest contractors. At the trial of accused terrorist David Coleman Headley, he revealed that he plotted with al-Qaida and local Pakistani terrorists to assassinate the head of Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT). I. A Troubled PastDavid Headley grew up as Daood Sayed Gilani. The son of a U.S. government radio broadcaster and diplomat at the U.S. Pakistani embassy in Washington D.C., Mr. Gilani was immersed in American culture. But when his parent's marriage fractured in 1960s Mr. Gilani was dragged...
  • Report: U.S. Drones Target Al Qaeda Militants in Somalia

    06/30/2011 3:32:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2011 | NewsCore
    Washington – The U.S. targeted Al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia in a drone attack last week, in what was believed to be the first such airstrike in the anarchic eastern African nation, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The U.S. drone targeted two senior members of the al-Shabaab insurgent militia, amid growing fears in Washington that the Islamist group was seeking to expand its operations overseas. The two militants, who had ties with Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born preacher believed to be hiding in Yemen, were wounded in the attack, the report quoted a military official as saying.
  • USAF Global Hawk Drones Return Themselves to Edwards AFB from Overseas Theaters... at 60,000 ft!

    06/21/2011 7:14:03 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 21, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Above we have a Global Hawk UAV that has just returned from Iraq in one nonstop flight, rather than packed and transported via C-5/C-17 cargo, as would normally be the case. Do note the mission paintings on the fuselage- looks like 250+, they're really working these things, and drones are here to stay. This super-snooper can stay up for 36 hrs while operating above 60,000 feet, fulfilling the prior high-altitude surveillance role of the legendary, manned U-2. The Global Hawk is controlled via satellite by a flight-control center team in California's Mohave desert, who enjoy the...
  • War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

    06/20/2011 3:33:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/19/11 | Chang W. Lee
    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air: shrinking unmanned drones, the kind that fire missiles into Pakistan and spy on insurgents in Afghanistan, to the size of insects and birds. The base’s indoor flight lab is called the “microaviary,” and for good reason. The drones in development here are designed to replicate the flight mechanics of moths, hawks and other inhabitants of the natural world. “We’re looking at how you hide in plain sight,”...
  • Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill 18 in Pakistan

    06/06/2011 9:29:10 AM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies
    VOA ^ | June 6, 2011
    Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill 18 in Pakistan Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 4:00 pm UTC Posted 13 minutes ago Pakistani intelligence officials say three U.S. drone strikes have killed at least 18 militants in the country's northwest tribal region. All of Monday's strikes were in South Waziristan, near the Afghan border. Officials say missiles hit a compound, an Islamic seminary and a vehicle near the main town of Wana. Foreign militants, including Arabs and Uzbeks, were said to be among those killed. The attacks come just days after the reported death of senior al-Qaida operative Ilyas Kashmiri in a...
  • Newspaper in Pakistan Publishes WikiLeaks Cables

    05/22/2011 2:03:59 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 20th 2011 | Jane Perlez
    The leading English-language newspaper, Dawn, and its Web site on Friday began publishing a selection of more than 4,000 American diplomatic cables obtained from WikiLeaks that are devoted to Pakistan, opening a window onto the American-Pakistani relationship and domestic politics never before seen here. The cables, which were reviewed and in some cases reported on by The New York Times last year, include a request from the head of the Pakistani Army, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, for American surveillance drones to fly over South Waziristan, where the army was fighting the Taliban. The request by General Kayani referred only to...
  • US drone 'kills two in attack on Saudi Qaeda chief' (Yemen)

    05/05/2011 4:51:16 AM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies
    France24 ^ | 05 May 2011 | AFP
    A US drone attacked a Saudi Al-Qaeda leader in southern Yemen on Thursday, but missed and killed two local Al-Qaeda members, a security source and witnesses told AFP. The drone had targeted the Saudi as he drove to the home of local Al-Qaeda men, the security source said, asking not to be identified. When the two local Qaeda men rushed out in their own car, they were hit and killed by the drone. The security source did not specify that the unmanned aircraft was American and there was no official word from the Yemeni authorities on who carried out the...
  • South Texas congressmen: More drones needed to patrol Mexican border

    04/27/2011 5:05:35 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies
    Corpus Christi Caller Times ^ | April 27, 2011 | Rick Spruill
    CORPUS CHRISTI — One $30 million unmanned aerial vehicle is not enough to patrol 1,200 miles of border between Texas and Mexico, according to a group of South Texas lawmakers. Three members of the Texas congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, on Wednesday met with state and federal officials at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to push for additional unmanned flight operations in South Texas. Flanked by U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Michael McCaul, R-Katy, Farenthold stood beside the nose of the menacing — but unarmed — Predator B drone and said Texas is a prime...
  • Drones over Libya

    04/23/2011 7:48:00 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | April 23, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Even though the Whitehouse insists that we are not at war with Libya its actions prove otherwise. With the promise of the U.S. not taking a lead role in this “kinetic action” the President authorized the use of predator drones to fly missions in Libya. The biggest shock of the week is the reporting that the White House hasn’t taken sides in the Libyan conflict. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must have not received the Memo yet. Although the first official missions where canceled because of weather, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the use of armed drones began Thursday,...
  • 'US to give Pakistan 85 drones'

    04/22/2011 6:20:08 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 26 replies · 1+ views
    PressTV ^ | April 22nd 2011 | Staff
    The United States will supply Pakistan with 85 small surveillance drones, amid rising tensions between the two countries over aerial attacks that have left hundreds dead. The plan, announced by a US official speaking on condition of anonymity, is part of the US military aid to Pakistan in 2011 which is estimated to be nearly USD 3 billion, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday. The short-range surveillance aircraft called “Raven,” is produced by the US-based AeroVironment Company. It weighs 1.9 kg (4.2 lb) and is launched by hand and powered by an electric motor. Raven drones can be either...
  • Obama OKs use of Predator drones in Libya

    04/21/2011 2:16:46 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 4-21-11
    The United States is using armed Predator drones in Libya to target Moammar Gadhafi's forces with the approval of President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday. The unmanned aircraft, already used to target militants along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, will allow for precise attacks against Gadhafi's forces, Gates told a news conference in Washington, D.C. "He (Obama) has approved the use of armed Predators," Gates said. The first two Predators, which carry Hellfire missiles and can stay in the air for 24 hours, headed to Libya on Thursday but had to turn back due to bad weather,...
  • Obama authorizes drone strikes in Libya

    04/21/2011 1:40:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 21, 2011 | Daniel Strauss
    President Obama has authorized the use of aerial drone strikes in Libya to aid rebels fighting to oust dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday. Gates stressed that even though the United States will begin using the armed Predator drones in Libya, American soldiers will not be deployed to the country. He said the Libyan people will have to remove Gadhafi themselves, though the U.S. "can provide them with some cover from the air." The announcement falls in line with the Obama administration's pledge to not put American boots on the ground to remove Gadhafi from power....
  • U.S. still has options for drones if denied use of Pakistani bases

    04/20/2011 8:12:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2011 | Eli Lake
    U.S. military forces will still be able to target al Qaeda terrorists in mountainous Southwest Asia with remotely piloted drones based in Afghanistan should Pakistan’s government deny the use of its territory to launch attacks. Col. Dean Bushey, deputy director of the Army’s Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence, told an international-relations conference Wednesday that U.S. Reaper and Predator aircraft could still reach the “mountainous regions” of Pakistan without being based in that country. “Our assets from Afghanistan have a long enough flight time to do it,” he told the conference, sponsored by the International Institute for Strategic Studies....
  • Pakistan Tells U.S. to Halt Drones

    04/11/2011 6:13:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April11,2011 | ADAM ENTOUS And MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    Pakistan has privately demanded the Central Intelligence Agency suspend drone strikes against militants on its territory, one of the U.S.'s most effective weapons against al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, officials said. Pakistan has also asked the U.S. to reduce the number of U.S. intelligence and Special Operations personnel in the country, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials. The U.S. strategy in the war in Afghanistan hinges on going after militants taking refuge in Pakistan. The breakdown in intelligence cooperation has cast a pall over U.S.-Pakistani relations, with some officials in both countries saying intelligence ties are at their lowest point...