A roundup of the latest news and developments relating to unmanned aerial vehicles and armed drones. Includes the two-year feasibility study that has been launched by the British and French governments to initiate the development of a joint future unmanned combat air vehicle and news that the United States reportedly now monitors half of its border with Mexico using drones.
Monthly briefing from the Open Briefing intelligence unit on developments in remote-control warfare. This month: Afghan policy reversal reinstates special forces night raids; historic verdict in Blackwater Iraq shootings trial could set precedent; United States facing multiple cyber offensives from state and non-state adversaries; and more.
Barrel bombs are a type of IED dropped from a helicopter or cargo aircraft. It is estimated that 5-6,000 such bombs have been dropped by the Syrian military since the uprising began, killing at least 20,000 people. This intelligence brief explores the reasons behind the Syrian government's use of these improvised devices and assesses whether targeting helicopter manufacturers or spare-part suppliers might be an effective strategy for international NGOs wishing to put pressure on the Syrian government to end its use of these weapons.
Open Briefing: Turkey is highly likely to seek a leading diplomatic role as the end of the Bashar al-Assad regime appears more likely but is unlikely to shut its border with Syria and highly unlikely to be involved in military action on Syrian territory.
Open Briefing: Security news and strategic analysis from across the Middle East. Includes the Israel's response to Palestine's upgraded UN status and Pakistan's test of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile.
Open Briefing: Security news and strategic analysis from across the Middle East. Includes the regional fallout from the eight day Israel-Gaza conflict and the rebel capture of a helicopter base only 10 miles east of Damascus, Syria.
Open Briefing: Security news and strategic analysis from across the Middle East. Includes the escalation of the Israel-Gaza conflict and the recognition by Paris and Ankara of the Syrian National Coalition as the representative of the Syrian people.
Open Briefing: Security news and strategic analysis from across the Middle East. Includes the arrest of two members of the Kuwaiti ruling family for tweets deemed critical of the government and the murder of the chief of an anti-Taliban peace committee in Pakistan.