Over at Defense One, Patrick Tucker has an interesting article headlined: "Did the White House Use Drone Killing Technology?" It opens:
Latest in Lawfare Drone Smackdown
"Drones: 1, FAA: 0" is the headline of Ryan Calo's article in Forbes.com about the overturning of an FAA fine against a domestic drone operator. Those who remember the FAA's faintly absurd intervention in the Lawfare Drone Smackdown sometime back, won't find this altogether surprising. Writes Calo:
Courtesy of my old friend Steve Renaker---computer programmer, maker of harpsichords, and menace to toy helicopters everywhere. Steve writes on Facebook about this video, "Office hijinks for the day---shooting down helicopters with rubber bands. A low-tech approach to a problem Ben once faced" (link added).
Robot watchers likely know about the FAA’s recent solicitation of applications from entities desiring to operate one of six experimental test sites for domestic drones.
As the co-creator of the Lawfare Drone Smackdown and the publisher (though not the baker) of this drone strike cake, I should perhaps check myself before cringing at other people's drone humor. But I can't help but ask at this point what's going on over at the New York Times? The staid paper of record is on a roll of truly terrible---deeply unhumorous---supposedly comic drone pieces.
From the shameless self-promotion department, this: last week Brookings published my recent paper on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems---drones---into our national airspace.
Those of you who followed the Lawfare Drone Smackdown will be interested in this post on DIY Drones:
Most of the press coverage of the Lawfare Drone Smackdown has focused, understandably enough, on the FAA's intervention in the event. In this post, however, I want to focus on some of the lessons of the event itself. The Smackdown was a game, not an attempt at a realistic simulation---a kind of a spoof, in some ways. But it ends up, in a parable-like fashion, representing and distilling real issues pointedly. In this post, which will be my last substantive post on the Smackdown, I want to highlight three such lessons.
Washingtonian writer and respected, strict-constructionist Smackdown judge Shane Harris has this piece on last Sunday's Main Event. Here's how it begins:
Sunday was a great day for flying. Flying drones, that is. But not within a 15-mile radius of the District.