“How did the candidate of hope and change turn into the president of secret kill lists, drone strikes hitting civilians, and immunity for torturers? The answer may lie in his relationship with the CIA director, a career bureaucrat turned quiet architect of a morally murky national security policy who isn’t going to let a little thing like getting caught spying on the Senate bring him down.”
“WASHINGTON — To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon, the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator drones to run spying missions in their neighborhood.”
See the full NYT article.
“A new trove of documents that were among those seized in the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, were presented recently during the trial of Abid Naseer at the Brooklyn federal district court.
The documents—which consist of correspondence between Osama bin Laden and senior al Qaeda leaders—reveal the state of the global terror operation in the months leading up to bin Laden’s death. They paint a picture of an organization crippled by the U.S. drone campaign, blindsided by the Arab Spring, and struggling to maintain control over its affiliates—and yet still chillingly resolute in its mission to strike inside the United States.
The documents offer some insight into the effectiveness of U.S. counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda. They also, believe it or not, provide a few laughs.”
“(Reuters) – The U.S. government on Tuesday established a policy for exports of military and commercial drones, including armed ones, and said it plans to work with other countries to shape global standards for the use of the controversial weapons systems.”
Read the full article here.
While President Obama wants to continue CT operations as business as usual despite the unrest in Yemen, rivals, such as Senator McCain, want a more robust position in the Middle East to check Iran.
See the article at: http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/capitol-hill/2015/01/25/obama-counterterrorism-operations-in-yemen-not-affected/22314415/?utm_term=%5B%27%2ASituation+Report%27%5D&utm_campaign=%5B%27Sit+Rep+January+26+2015%27%5D&utm_source=%5B%27Sailthru%27%5D&utm_medium=%5B%27email%27%5D
This great Nova documentary follows the evolution of the drone from reconnaissance to close air support aircraft.
This AFP video provides an overview of drone functions and control.