With Drone Strike On ISIS Hacker U.S. Escalates Its Response To Cyber Attacks

On August 28, the United States admitted to carrying out an airstrike, widely reported to have come from a drone, which killed an ISIS hacker by the name of Junaid Hussain. He was killed in Syria four days earlier on August 24. This strike represents the latest escalation in the United States’ evolving response to […]

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 […]

It’s Time to Halt The FAA’s Arbitrary and Expanding Domestic “Drone” Ban

This week we learned of two new FAA actions against domestic operators of what are popularly called “drones” and what the FAA calls “unmanned aircraft systems” (UAS). In one case, the FAA has claimed that it is illegal for volunteers to use radio controlled model aircraft to search for missing persons. In the other, an […]

Drone Strikes and the Lessons of Nonlinear Science

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to carry out targeted killings of suspected terrorist leaders has become a centerpiece of the United States’ global counter-terrorism strategy. Each new report of a strike in Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia provides new fodder to critics, who point to civilian casualties and the resulting anger at […]