Tagged: UAV

The XM157 Class IV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has a range and endurance appropriate for the brigade mission. It supports the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Commander with communications relay, long endurance persistent stare, and wide area surveillance.

Weapons of Choice? The Expanding, Development, Transfer and Use of Armed UAVs

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, have significantly proliferated in the last ten years across a host of domains – military, commercial, and consumer. As technological advances continue, the rise in use of armed UAVs and their deployment in a variety of contexts has become increasingly common and increasingly concerning to...

Breaking Down the Global Progression of Drones

Research and technology in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) is developing at a rapid rate. Military UAVs used for surveillance and aerial assault missions are the most commonly referenced drones in mainstream discourse, however, this technology is quickly diffusing to private sector applications. Privately owned drones...

OIG Finds Flaws in Border Patrol Drone Program

“The $443 million CBP plans to spend on the Unmanned Aircraft Program expansion could be put to better use by investing in alternatives.” –Office of the Inspector General As border security has become a more prevalent policy issue, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM)...

Taking a Hard Look from Above: Task Force Issues New Recommendations for U.S. Drone Policy

For a one-year period, a task force of three expert working groups (the “Task Force”) met under the roof of the Stimson Center to focus on different aspects of current Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) policy. The Task Force, composed of 10 senior-level military, intelligence, legal, and academic scholars, focused on...

Federal Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Targeted Killing of Anwar al-Aulaqi

This Monday a federal court released a July 2010 Justice Department memo that justified a DoD or CIA drone strike against senior al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Aulaqi. The 41-page memo, penned by then-Assistant Attorney General David Barron, sheds new light on the controversial “targeted-killing-of-American-citizens” debate in the United States. It explores the legal aspects...

The Future of Unmanned Vehicles: The DOD Roadmap

In an attempt to describe how unmanned systems are vital to the defense of the nation, the Department of Defense (DOD) has released a report on the importance of developing enhanced unmanned systems. This report, called the “Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap“, maps fiscal years 2013-2038 and discusses the unique challenges...

HSDL Adds New Reports on Drone Strikes

The HSDL has recently added to its collection new reports on US drone strikes in the Middle East, focusing on Pakistan and Yemen.  The reports explore the legality of drone strikes in these areas, as many of them were found to have killed civilians rather than members of terrorist organizations....

New Homeland Security Digital Library Featured Topic: Unmanned Systems (UxS)

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is proud to announce the creation of a new Featured Topic site. Entitled,“Unmanned Systems (UxS)”, this will encompass not only Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), but terrestrial, waterborne, and submersible robotic vehicles as well. This new collection includes the following sections: “Articles”; “Congressional Research Service...

Use of Drones Domestically Could Pose Civil Liberties Issue

The use of unmanned aircraft carrying cameras often referred to as “drones” have been in the news regarding their use in places like Afghanistan and Yemen. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) would like to set up safeguards to protect American’s privacy should drones be used for routine aerial surveillance...