Drone news from all over: Google goes high altitude, a drone truck is coming, and Bezos still wants drone groceries
- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Lotsa action in the world of drones. Or maybe I am just noticing them more because I am working with Peter Bergen and Bailey Cahall, who know so much about all this stuff that they could ride drones to work if they wanted to.
First, Google yesterday elbowed aside Facebook and bought Titan Aerospace, a company that specializes in developing solar-powered, high-altitude, extremely long loiter (that is, years) drones. I wrote in December that I thought Google would become the nation’s largest military supplier one day, but I think that may happen sooner than I think. The difference is that it and other companies won’t develop military products and then convert them. Rather, the military is going to have to adapt (and try to keep up with) civilian developments.
Speaking of never landing, here is a drone that gets its power from power lines.
Meanwhile, in Syria, both sides are using drones against each other.
And don’t forget poor old Jeff Bezos. He still plans to deliver your groceries by drone. Or your newspaper?
Annals of Obama & national security (II): What are the politico-diplomatic consequences of the drone warfare era?Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. | Best Defense |
Shane Harris is a senior staff writer at Foreign Policy, covering intelligence and cyber security. He is the author of The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, which chronicles the creation of a vast national security apparatus and the rise of surveillance in America. The Watchers won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Economist named it one of the best books of 2010. Shane is the winner of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has four times been named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best journalists in America under the age of 35. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, he was the senior writer for The Washingtonian and a staff correspondent at National Journal.| The Complex |