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The European drone concept by Airbus

Nearly 500 scientists, researchers, and academics have signed a call to end EU funding for military research and development. The so-called Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) programme of the EU allocates €90 million to high-tech controversial research programmes. According to the 'Researchers for Peace', the group that has et up the petition, the PADR will only be the first step, with...

Press review March 2018

In this review, we analyze, summarize and translate news from various European publications on the issues of drones. March 2018 saw several pieces from Spain, Germany, Poland and Denmark amongst others. ...

Don't be evil

Google is under fire from its own employees. The tech giant is helping the Pentagon develop artificial intelligence which can be used to analyze drone footage. The use of drones by the military is controversial due to their legal, ethical, and military strategic issues. The US has also frequently used armed drones to carry out extrajudicial killings, often resulting in...

James Mattis and Steven Vandeput

The Belgian Ministry of Defence allegedly pushed Parliament to buy Predator B drones. An Israeli company complains it was not treated fairly during the acquisition procedure. ...

The Internazionale, in collaboration with VoxEurop, creates monthly overviews with summaries and translations of drone stories. You can find the February 2018 edition here....

Trump administration reviews ways to make it easier to launch drone strikes

More than a dozen major NGOs are calling on the Trump administration to release the secret changes made to US policy on use of armed drones and other lethal force, before the congressionally-mandated deadline to do so passes on March 12. The call expresses the widespread concerns of human rights organizations regarding the opacity and legality regarding the the US...

Major Ruaux, commander of a Belgian UAV Squadron, next to the B-Hunter which Belgium currently operates.

During a parliamentary discussion, Minister of Defence Vandeput stated that the Reapers would be ‘armable, but not armed’, adding that arming it would require extra parts which were not part of the order either. ...

The future German government will set the course for Germany’s approach to targeted killings and armed drone operations, which so often involve civilian victims. Read ECCHR's Andreas Schuller's article on why the German government should articulate clear and restrictive legal standards on armed drones, first published in the German newspaper Weser-Kurier of February 14. ...

A new research paper by Chatham House's Jack McDonald delves into the development of drone-technology and the lack of a shared understanding of the lawful use of drones among EU member states and their domestic groups. The paper provides recommendations to address these concerns, such as engaging in public debate, discussions, and identifying common standards. ...

Bodil Valero, Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/ALE Group, proposed amendment 234.

In an effort to move the debate on armed drones forward, the Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) attempted to link the production of unmanned aerial vehicles to their military use and the human right implications thereof. AFET inserted an amendment to the draft opinion, calling for the exclusion of armed drones in the initiative until there is a Council...

Air Vice Marshall Greg Bagwell

EFAD-member Drone Wars UK has published an intriguing interview with a retired Royal Air Force officer who served as Deputy Commander Operations. In this interview, Air Marshall Greg Bagwell discussed many different aspects of the UK's use of Reapers, including the recruitment of pilots, Rules of Engagement, close cooperation with the United States, and the killing of British citizen Reyaad Khan. For...

In a decision published on 2 January 2018, the Upper Tribunal has decided that the ‘security bodies’ exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) should not have been applied in a blanket fashion to exempt the legal advice that formed the basis of the lethal drone strike that killed two British citizens, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, in August...