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US declassifies attacks in Yemen, Somalia

The White House is partially lifting the lid of secrecy on its counterterrorism campaign against al-Qaida in Yemen and Somalia by formally acknowledging for the first time that it is conducting lethal attacks in those countries.

Tags: Yemen , Domalia , DoD , CIA

Friday - 06/15/2012, 06:12pm EDT

Pressure builds for civilian drone flights at home

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

Tags: DoD , FAA , Congress

Sunday - 02/26/2012, 10:30pm EST

CBP expands drone presence

The new Predator-B Unmanned Aerial System will be the fourth launched at at the National Air Security Operations Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and the second of two aircrafts earmarked in an August 2010 budget supplemental.

Tags: Predator B , CBP , DHS

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 09:40pm EST

'Backpack-able drones' could soon be deployed to troops on ground

Steven Gitlin, vice president of Aerovironment, which creates the backpackable drone formally known as the Switchblade Agile Munition Systems joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss how it works.

Tags: Steven Gitlin , Aerovironment , UAVs , Federal Drive , Army , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , contracting , industry

Friday - 10/28/2011, 11:20am EDT
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Pentagon working to deal with drone data

Recent report in The New York Times explains how.

Tags: technology , management , DoD , pentagon , New York Times , Christopher Drew

Monday - 01/11/2010, 03:33pm EST
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Military: Computer virus wasn't directed at drones

The computer virus that hit the Pentagon's drone program last month was not directed at the military systems but was common malware used to steal log-ins and passwords used in online gaming, military officials said Wednesday.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive , cybersecurity , Air Force Space Command

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 08:19pm EDT

Strike or Not

So did US drones kill Usama Bin Laden's son Saad? Words like probably and likely are being used to address the question. Why? Intelligence sources close to the situation say when people are killed in missile strikes, the only way to identify them is to test the DNA at the scene. Problem is in some countries for a number of reasons. DNA testing is not allowed. So, without a body, there's no way to say for sure that he was killed or even there.

Tags: technology , pentagon , Bin Laden , Saad , US , intelligence , DNA

Thursday - 07/23/2009, 06:43pm EDT

CBP drones patrolling US borders

Tags: security , technology , CBP , John Stanton

Monday - 08/24/2009, 09:37am EDT
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Rogue drone attacks could be new cybersecurity threat

UCLA professor John Villasenor told Federal News Radio how hacked unmanned aerial vehicles could be the new face of cybersecurity threats.

Tags: John Villasenor , technology , ucla , Brookings Institution , In Depth , Francis Rose , cybersecurity , drone , cyber-physical attacks , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/14/2011, 06:38pm EDT
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Uprising paved way for counterterrorism efforts in Yemen

J.J. Green, WTOP national security correspondent

Tags: Yemen , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 08:20pm EDT
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