A U.S. airstrike in Yemen killed three members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. In a statement, U.S. Central Command announced that the strike took place in Yemen’s central Shabwa province but did not say whether the strike was carried out by drones. (Voice of America)
Meanwhile, the Obama administration released a redacted version of its classified “playbook,” a document that establishes the legal framework for U.S. targeted killing and capture operations overseas. The Presidential Policy Guidance was issued in May 2013 as part of an effort by the administration to tighten its guidelines for U.S. drone strikes. The document release is the result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. (Press Release)
Growing numbers of robots are being transferred from the U.S. Department of Defense to domestic law enforcement agencies. We have conducted an in-depth analysis of these transfers, and have found at least 987 robots in use across the country. Here’s what you need to know about who owns these systems, where they are, and how much they cost.
The ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria is the first major war in which drones have been used extensively to create aerial videos of events on the ground, providing a new perspective on warfare. Here’s what you need to know about who is making these videos and what they show us about the war.
The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have passed competing drafts of the National Defense Authorization Act, which establishes funding priorities for the Pentagon. We reviewed both bills to determine how they will affect the Department of Defense’s drone programs. Here’s what you need to know.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced that it will begin using drones for checking warehouse inventories. In a press conference, Wal-Mart’s Vice President of Last Mile and Emerging Sciences Shekar Natarajan said that the operations would begin in six to eight months. The drones will reduce the time it takes to update inventories, from one month to a single day, explained Natarajan.
As more commercial drone users take to the sky, insurers are struggling to develop policies to cover the eventualities of flying. Meanwhile, insurance companies also want to fly drones themselves for appraisals and damage assessments. We spoke with Tom Karol, general counsel-federal for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, to learn about the uncertain landscape that is the drone insurance industry.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it is forming an unmanned systems advisory committee to guide policies on domestic drone integration. In a speech at the Xponential convention in New Orleans, FAA administrator Michael Huerta also said that students will soon be allowed to fly drones for educational and research purposes without going through the same permission process required of commercial drone users.