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Drones have become a fixture in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in U.S. campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen and more recently Libya and Somalia. With their ability to conduct surveillance and deliver increasingly lethal payloads, they have changed the nature of war. But their use has also prompted a debate over their application for surveillance in the United States and made them the envy of militaries around the world. The Post’s occasional series “Eyes in the Sky” looks at the expanding use of drones and the implications for government, industry and civilians.

Drones cast a pall of fear | Dec. 4, 2011

U.S. creating a ring of secret drone bases | Sept. 21, 2011

A possible future for drones: Automated killings | Sept. 20, 2011

Since Sept. 11, CIA’s focus has taken lethal turn | Sept. 2, 2011

Global rush is on to match U.S. drones | July 5, 2011

U.S. drone targets Somali militants tied to al-Qaeda | June 30, 2011

Stealth drones kept watch over bin Laden home | May 18, 2011

Privacy issues hover over police drone use | Jan. 23, 2011


How the use of drones may haunt the U.S.

(Eric Gay / AP)

The U.S. may come to regret how it’s handled these instruments of war.

An introduction to journo-drones

Small unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, open up new possibilities for many industries, including journalism. We begin our exploration of the legal landscape of drones by looking at their uses for news gathering.


FAA to grant filmmakers permission to use drones

The Federal Aviation Administration has reportedly granted seven movie and TV companies permission to use drones for filming. This would mark the first time businesses world be able to operate the unmanned aircraft in populated areas.

The possible perils of private drones

While drones open up new possibilities for many industries, they are not without risks. Those potential risks raise legal implications.

The border patrol’s love affair with drones, in one map

The government logs 16 hours a day watching the border with drones.

Ethical and methodological issues in assessing drones’ civilian impacts in Pakistan

Poor samples and the use of child witnesses are just some of the problems with advocacy driven reports on drones’ civilian consequences.


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