Kelsey Atherton has written a critical and insightful article for Responsible Statecraft on why media coverage of new developments in drone weapons, like the US drone "sword missile", can be seen as a kind of anti-news: "Focusing on the missile specifically misses everything that puts a missile in the sky, ready to be used against a human being. It constrains the...

The German Government's coalition treaty from 2018 provides that an extensive public debate about the ethical and legal implications of armed drones for the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) is to be held before a decision can be made in the Parliament about the armament of Heron TP drones leased from Israel. On 11 May 2020 the German Federal Ministry of Defense...

Rachel Stohl, Vice President at the Stimson Center, has written an insightful article on the United States' planned reinterpretation of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a decades-old international agreement between states which limits the risk of WMD proliferation by imposing export restraints on potential delivery vehicles. Stohl clearly explains what the MTCR does and how it has evolved over...

The Trump administration plans to reinterprets an arms agreement in order to sell more American military drones, three defense industry executives and a U.S. official told Reuters. The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), signed in 1987 by the U.S. and other states, was developed to counter the proliferation of missiles for the delivery of all types of weapons of mass destruction...

Geneva Call has published a helpful overview on the wider consequences of the use of lethal drones in wars and armed conflicts. The Swiss group has a long history of working with armed non-State actors, and underscores the growing threat posed by weaponized commercial drones from these groups. Referring to the UN Secretary General’s report on Protection of Civilians and...

In November 2019, the Dutch parliament demanded the Ministry of Defence to investigate whether four MQ-9 Reapers, which the Netherlands will receive in early 2021, should be armed. In January 2020, State Secretary for Defence Barbara Visser wrote in a letter to parliament that the armament of the Reapers is “currently not on the agenda.” However, the Ministry of Defence does...

UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres has raised concerns over the increased use of drones in targeted killings in his 2020 report on the Protection of Civilians; this is only the second time the impacts of drones have been addressed in the annual report since the first iteration 21 years ago. This year’s report underscores the urgent need for the international community...

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In April 2020 the most frequent topics discussed in drone news were the use of drones by Turkey and Iran and the development of new drones and drone systems. You can find the publication here....