2015 Federal IT Spending Update: An analysis of the budget for CTOvision Pro Subscribers

The total federal budget is about $3.9 Trillion. Of that, about $1 Trillion is “discretionary” meaning it is something that the current government planners (Congress) government has a choice on. About $79 Billion of this is for IT. That is huge! Many firms with great technologies believe the size of the federal budget means there is something […]

TGI Fridays’ Drone Mishap Was Not a Disaster, But It Could Have Been

In recent weeks, the American casual dining restaurant chain TGI Fridays has gotten a lot of buzz as a result of news that it would deploy a mistletoe drone in its restaurants. The idea was that the mistletoe-carrying drone would fly around the restaurant and hover above unsuspecting customers, thereby forcing them to kiss. All […]

The Drone Terrorism Case That Wasn’t

Fears related to drone safety, in particular concerns about so-called “near misses” with manned aircraft, have gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks. More detailed analysis, however, has shown those fears to have been greatly exaggerated. Nonetheless, they have resulted in one senator’s call for an expansion of the FAA’s drone ban to include […]

Drone Fear and the FAA Ban on Model Aircraft Near Stadiums

On October 27, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that bans the use of “unmanned aircraft and remote controlled aircraft” near stadiums. The move comes in the wake of a number of reports worldwide, including within the United States, of “drone” use at sporting events. Though these incidents […]