August 9, 2012 Drone makers and robotics manufacturers gathered in Las Vegas are optimistic that they will overcome civil liberties concerns about these gadgets, and make the leap from wartime to peacetime markets. Products include "throwable" robots that police can use for remote surveillance, and small aircraft to watch volcanic eruptions.
December 19, 2011 A report on domestic drones raised criticisms that NPR was overlooking a privacy threat. Good point, but premature. That said, right and left might agree on the concern. Let's talk.
December 12, 2011 The United States is officially asking Iran for the return of a drone surveillance aircraft lost earlier this month, although officials do not have high hopes that the U.S. will ever see it again.
October 7, 2011 The infected computers are at Nevada's Creech Air Force Base, where operators control military drones flying over Afghanistan and other areas. So far, at least, the virus has neither hindered remote control of the drones nor funneled classified information elsewhere.
September 26, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, military drones and their role in foreign policy, remembering Wangari Maathai, and the opinion page. In the second hour, the author of The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, and the idea behind the film, Moneyball.
September 20, 2011 The Washington Post reports researchers are developing drones that some day could "search for a human target and then make an identification based on facial-recognition or other software." Then, "a drone could launch a missile to kill the target.
July 5, 2011 China is thought to be moving fastest. Still, the U.S. is expected to account for more than three-quarters of the spending on research and development, and nearly that much of the purchases.
April 21, 2011 The president has approved their use and the first mission was to have been flown today, but was canceled because of poor weather, Pentagon officials say.
September 28, 2010 New reporting on why drone attacks inside Pakistan increased dramatically in September. The US increasing pressure on terrorist safe havens, and a feared terror plot against Europe.
July 27, 2010 German Luftwaffe pilots are training in Israel to remotely fly drones to be used in Afghanistan.