US drones

Facebook eyes drone maker to replace satellites to get web to poor countries

Facebook is reportedly in discussions to acquire Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of drones. Photo: AP

Facebook is reportedly interested in acquiring a company that makes drones capable of flying at high altitudes for up to five years at a time, to replace satellites

Wednesday, 5 March, 2014, 9:04pm

US caught in dilemma over whether to kill US citizen linked to al-Qaeda

Barack Obama.

A debate is under way within the US government about whether to kill an American citizen and suspected member of al-Qaeda who is believed to be planning attacks on US targets overseas.

The case underscores the complexities of Barack Obama's new stricter targeting guidelines for the use of deadly drones.

12 Feb 2014 - 4:13pm

US drones use phone signals for targeting, new site Intercept reports

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who co-wrote the report, in Hong Kong in June. Photo: Felix Wong

The online news venture backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has debuted, featuring fresh revelations about US intelligence from investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald.

12 Feb 2014 - 1:29am

US army successfully tests laser defence system for forward bases

An MQ-9 Reaper, armed with laser guided bombs. Photo: AP

The US army has successfully tested a vehicle-mounted laser that managed to shoot down incoming mortar rounds and small drone aircraft, officials said.

14 Dec 2013 - 2:50am 1 comment

US Navy drone makes first unmanned landing on carrier deck

The X47-B drone is launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush. Photo: AP

A bat-winged drone touched down smoothly on the deck of a US aircraft carrier on Wednesday, the first such landing for an unmanned aircraft. The US Navy's X-47B floated down toward the carrier USS George H.W. Bush and then caught an arresting wire on its tail hook, bringing it to a stop in a textbook landing.

12 Jul 2013 - 3:48am

Obama's drone speech interrupted by anti-war activist

Medea Benjamin disrupts Barack Obama's speech. Photo: AFP

At times, it seemed US President Barack Obama was taking part in a debate rather than giving a speech. Deep into his address at the National Defence University, a heckler repeatedly interrupted from the back of the room, demanding an end to drone strikes and the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba.

25 May 2013 - 4:22am

Rights groups fault new Obama plan for vetting drone strikes

Barack Obama is seen in a television camera's viewfinder as he speaks about his administration's counterterrorism policy. Photo: EPA

Proposals to vet future US drone strikes risk creating "kill courts", according to human rights campaigners. They say President Barack Obama's promise of new legal oversight does not go far enough to end what they regard as extrajudicial executions.

25 May 2013 - 4:20am

Obama limits use of US drone strikes, offers steps to close Guantanamo

US President Barack Obama speaks at the National Defense University in Washington. Photo: Reuters

President Barack Obama outlined plans to limit the use of US drone strikes against extremists abroad and took steps aimed at breaking a deadlock on closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

24 May 2013 - 4:23am

Four Americans killed since 2009 in US drone strikes

Among those killed by US drone strikes is Al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric in Yemen. Photo: Reuters

The Obama administration acknowledged publicly for the first time that four US citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009 in Pakistan and Yemen. The disclosure comes on the eve of a major national security speech by US President Barack Obama in which he plans to pledge more transparency to Congress in his counter-terrorism policy.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am