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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.
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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.

A US "Predator" drone passes overhead at a forward operating base near Kandahar on January 1, 2009.  France is the fourth-largest contributor to the international military force in Afghanistan with more than 3,000 troops deployed around Kabul and in forward bases in the east of the country.   AFP PHOTO/Joel SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Trump’s New Drone Rules; White House Loosening Counterterrorism Restraints; Wants to Gut U.N., State Funding

Iran’s Underground Weapons Factory; State Fighting Budget Cuts; More Cyber Worries; And Lots More

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Trump Could Take Obama’s Drone War Further Into the Shadows

The new president has inherited his predecessor’s drone program but might ditch the rules that kept it in check.

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Afghan Insurgents Use Drones in Fight Against U.S.

Something that’s already happening on the battlefields in Iraq and Syria.

UNSPECIFIED, UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 07:  A U.S. Air Force pilot (L), and a censor operator (R), prepare to launch a MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), from a ground control station at a secret air base in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. The U.S. military and coalition forces use the base, located in an undisclosed location, to launch drone airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as transport cargo and troops supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Predators at the base are operated and maintained by the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, currently attached to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Can Trump Unravel Obama’s Rules of War?

The codification of the use of legal force against terrorist targets has been a pillar of the Obama administration. Walking a new tough line might not be so easy.

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