The Center for a New American Security released a report on Wednesday calling on the United States to prepare for a new era of war where “unmanned and autonomous systems will play central war-fighting roles.”
Drone strikes against terrorists are extremely effective and will remain an “indispensible” weapon in the war against terrorists for the foreseeable future, according to the Pentagon’s senior intelligence policymaker.
Russia is developing its first long-range drone aircraft capable of conducting ground attack missions, but lags behind other militaries in building unmanned aerial combat vehicles, according to U.S. officials.
A U.S. drone strike in Somalia killed two terrorists of the al Qaeda-affiliated group al Shabaab, including a leader of the group, a U.S. official said.
The drone attack took place Monday near the southern town of Jilib when an armed unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with missiles fired on a vehicle in the town, said the official who is knowledgeable of the raid but who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Experts and media figures are questioning the accuracy of Amnesty International’s new report on the human rights impact of the U.S. drone program in Pakistan, saying the study is marred by discrepancies, unverified claims, and dubious witness statements.
The Iranian military has given the Russian army a copy of a downed U.S. drone that was captured and disassembled by Iranian authorities in 2012, Iran’s state-run media reported on Monday.
U.S. interventionist foreign policy is to blame for the deadly mall massacre in Nairobi, according to the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. The institute’s executive director Daniel McAdams called the terrorist attack “retaliation for years of murderous foreign interventionism” in an article posted to RPI’s website last Wednesday.
Senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) defended the National Security Agency’s surveillance program and U.S. drone operations against criticism from some members of his own party during a speech to the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday.
Visitors to the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City can now purchase an “anti-drone scarf” from the museum’s gift shop.