International news media is today reporting an alleged Houthi drone attack on Saudi oil facilities. Many of the stories I have read do not say much about Houthi drone capabilities and past use of drones. The following sources provide background on that topic: Caleb Weiss, "Analysis: Houthi drone strikes in Saudi Arabia and Yemen," Long War Journal (8/6/19), … [Read more...] about Resources on Houthi Drone Capabilities
I have worried for some time about the possibility that consumer-grade drones could be used not to deliver weapons but as weapons. With even cheap drones coming with GPS navigation and autopilot capabilities, a swarm of explosive-laden drones programmed to converge on a single point in a kamikaze-style attack could prove a potent weapon. Now, it seems like at least one … [Read more...] about Drones Carry Out Precision Guided Kamikaze Attacks
Today, we are to excited to release with the Center for a New American Security The Drone Database, a tool that we hope will aid policymakers and the public in understanding the scope and implications of global drone proliferation. It includes profiles of over 150 drones from 48 countries. The drones in the database are can be organized according to country of origin and … [Read more...] about Center for the Study of the Drone and CNAS Release “The Drone Database”
Popular Mechanics has an interesting piece that describes the Army's proposed Cluster Unmanned Aerial Systems Smart Munition. Essentially, it's tank-killing drone swarms delivered by MLRS. The U.S. Army wants a new kind of long-range artillery rockets—one that doesn't explode to destroy a target, but rather carries a payload of lethal drones. Entire swarms … [Read more...] about Rocket-Borne, Tank-Killing Drones? The Army Says Yes
Authorities in the UK are worried that ISIS might be plotting to use drones to carry out a chemical or "dirty bomb" attack: Law enforcement agencies believe hardened Isis recruits are planning to import terrorist tactics perfected on the battlefields of the Middle East, including the deployment of chlorine and mustard gas, to the UK. The discovery last month of a secret Isis … [Read more...] about Is There Evidence of an ISIS Chemical Drones Attack Plot?