25 Nov 2019

‘Time to take out our swords’ – Inside Iran’s plot to attack Saudi Arabia

A new Reuters report based on testimonies by Iranian officials reveals how the Iranian government orchestrated the September 14 drone strikes that targeted two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, disrupting about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity. While the attack was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Saudi

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18 Nov 2019

The UAE, a major US weapons buyer, is building its own defense capabilities

The United Arab Emirates is one of the top foreign buyers of American weapons, however, the UAE seeks sovereign capability and is investing in building out its own military capabilities. Emirati defense group Edge was created earlier this month and combines 22 private firms with the goal of advancing the

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19 Jul 2019

Iran dismisses Trump report that US Navy downed ‘provocative’ drone

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday stated that the US Navy had downed an Iranian drone after it carried out an “provocative and hostile action,” but Iran denied the incident on Friday. Trump said the drone was downed after it flew within 1,000 yards of a US warship in

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09 Jul 2019

Russian Military Plans Swarms Of Lethal ‘Jihadi-Style’ Drones Carrying Explosives

The Russian military plans to use domestic-sized drones to “strike targets with bombs—making mini-UAVs extremely effective weapons.” The army is already developing “miniature bombs” that are to be carried by modified drones. Russia aims to use the drones to target ground, sea or air-based vehicles, tactical locations and even individuals.

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21 May 2019

DHS warns of ‘strong concerns’ that Chinese-made drones are stealing data

The US Department of Homeland Security is warning that drones manufactured in China are a “potential risk to an organization’s information,” because they are capable of sending sensitive flight data to servers that may be accessed by the manufacturer as well as by other parties, such as the Chinese government.

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15 Apr 2019

Dangerous Drone Encounters Soared in 2018

A new report by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) shows that the number of dangerous incidents that could have led to a collision between aircraft and drones surged from 91 in 2017 to 125 last year, a 34% increase. In late 2018, one drone incident at Gatwick airport caused major

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28 Mar 2019

Study Highlights Need for Safeguards for Drone Use

Researchers with Ben-Gurion University and Fujitsu warn that open-skies policies permitting the use of drones in populated areas put the privacy and security of people at risk, because threat actors can use drones to carry out cyberattacks. The researchers consider the proliferation of drones an inevitability, which makes it all

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30 Jan 2019

FAA Declares the Super Bowl a ‘No Drone Zone’

The FAA has declared a “no drone zone” in and around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home over Super Bowl LIII on February 3. The limit restricts any drone from flying within one nautical mile of the stadium below 1,000 feet, starting January 31st. The night of the game, the

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29 Jan 2019

Thankfully, the technology to combat rogue drones is getting better

News on drones and security have largely highlighted the major risks drones pose to various industries and to populations at large. This is not without good reason; suicide drones have been used in attempted assassinations, cartels use them to smuggle drugs across borders, ISIS has used them to drop grenades,

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25 Jan 2019

The Pentagon flew more drones for domestic missions in 2018 than the last 7 years combined

The U.S. military has supported domestic missions with drones several times in the past decades, but 2018 marked a highpoint of military drone usage domestically, surpassing the past seven years combined and suggesting a continued support relationship in 2019 and beyond. Of the 2018 missions, four supported forrest firefighting efforts

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