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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

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Reputed North Korean drones worry officials in the South

South Korea says that several sensitive areas had been photographed by sky-blue drones almost certainly belonging to the North Korea.

Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace

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Google buys drone-maker Titan Aerospace

(Titan Aerospace/Google/Handout / EPA)

Google said Monday that it has bought drone-maker Titan Aerospace.


Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.

Proposed Pennsylvania ban on using drones to interfere with hunting, fishing, and boating

The bills would ban “us[ing] an unmanned aircraft in a manner that interferes with another person’s lawful taking of game or wildlife,” and likewise as to boating and fishing.

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Suspected NKorean drones crude, reflect new threat

(South Korea Defense Ministry, File / Associated Press)

South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North were crude and decidedly low-tech — equipped with cameras available on the Internet for hundreds of dollars — but underscore a potential new threat that must be taken seriously.


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