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A U.S. RQ-4 Global Hawk drone lands at Misawa Air Base for a temporary intra-theater routine deployment in Japan on June 1, 2018.

With an Eye Toward China, Pentagon Weighs Slashing Global Hawk Drone

The surveillance aircraft on the chopping block is a variant of the type that Iran shot down this summer.

A U.S. Marine prepares to launch an InstantEye quadcopter system on Aug. 12, 2018.

Pentagon Seeks to Counter China’s Drone Edge

As part of a broad effort to cut dependence on Chinese technology, the Defense Department is hoping to boost domestic production of small UASs.

Iranian demonstrators carry a portrait of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Tehran on May 10.

Trump Is Playing Iran’s Game of Drones

Contrary to popular belief, drones aren’t further destabilizing global conflicts—they’re creating a way for leaders to de-escalate crises.

An MQ-9 Reaper drone is parked in a hanger at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2015. (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Trump’s Push to Boost Lethal Drone Exports Reaps Few Rewards

Sources say the U.S. Defense Department is stubbornly resisting the new rules.

An MQ-9 Reaper drone is parked in an aircraft shelter at Creech Air Force Base on November 17, 2015, in Indian Springs, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

A Silicon Valley Start-Up That Loves the Pentagon

Google may balk at military contracts, but Hivemapper founder Ariel Seidman believes working with the U.S. Defense Department can help save lives.

Venezuelan security forces check a nearby building after a drone attack on President Nicolás Maduro  in Caracas on Aug. 4. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

Consumer Drones Are Propaganda Tools, Not Killing Machines

The Maduro attack shows that the threat of drones in private hands is all smoke and noise.

A drone is flown for recreational purposes in the sky above Old Bethpage, New York, on Aug. 30, 2015.  (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Drones Don’t Wear Uniforms. They Should.

Israel’s use of consumer drones against protesters heralds a dangerous, lawless age of conflict.

Jordan’s Chinese CH-4 drone on display at this year’s SOFEX arms show.
(Sharon Weinberger/Foreign Policy)

China Has Already Won the Drone Wars

Chinese companies are proving that America is not first in the UAV export market. Can Trump roll that back?

Saleh al-Samad, the president of the Houthis’ Supreme Political Council, sits behind bulletproof glass at a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, on Aug. 20, 2016. (Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

How the UAE’s Chinese-Made Drone Is Changing the War in Yemen

An airstrike that killed a senior Houthi leader shows that the Emirates is growing more assertive in its military operations.

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The Drones are Back

Trump has resumed the bombing campaign in Pakistan, but this time it’s targeting the Taliban.

Fireworks explode as singer Katy Perry performs during the Super Bowl halftime show at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1, 2015. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

What Would Happen if Terrorists Attacked the Super Bowl With Drones?

Small unmanned aircraft are a threat to high-profile events, but taking them down safely is almost impossible.

A U.S. Air Force 'Reaper' drone passes a C-130 cargo plane at an airbase in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 7, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)

America’s Military Is Choking on Old Technology

As its rivals invest in new military hardware, Washington is stuck refurbishing obsolete equipment.

The USS Nimitz operates in the Arabian Gulf on Oct. 20. (U.S. Navy)

SitRep: More U.S. Carriers Arrive in Pacific as North Korea Diplomacy Falls Apart

More on Niger ambush comes to light, Tillerson enlists India in Afghan strategy

An Iranian Shahed 129 drone displayed during celebrations in Tehran marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 11, 2016. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian Drone Tech May Include Help From Iran

Russia is behind the United States but trying to catch up.

A commercially available drone similar to ones used against U.S. forces (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).

DARPA Wants Mobile Technologies to Combat Small Drones

The U.S. military needs better tech to fight store-bought drones.

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Will the USS Gerald Ford be remembered as the doomed Yamato of the carrier era?

What matters most is not how lethal a carrier is, but what threats it can endure.

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