Gettinger, Dan - The Drone Databook

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The Drone Databook

Dan Gettinger

Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College

353 Pages - in english + 30 p March 2020 update

Once a novelty, drones have become standard military equipment, spawning a global network of units, bases, and test sites. Battlefields in Ukraine, Syria, and Yemen, as well as zones of geopolitical conflict such as the Persian Gulf and the East China Sea, are increasingly crowded with drones of varying size and sophistication. Whether they are used for intelligence gathering, aerial strikes, artillery spotting, or electronic warfare, drones are a leading contributor to the changing character of modern war. The Drone Databook is a study of military drone capabilities. It is comprised of profiles of 101 countries in seven regions – Asia and Oceania, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, North America, and Sub-Saharan Africa – as well as two appendixes that address military drone infrastructure around the globe and the technical specifications of more than 170 drones currently in use by these countries. The Databook evaluates the military drone capabilities of each country in terms of six categories: inventory and active acquisition programs, personnel and training programs, infrastructure, operational experience, aircraft research and development programs, and exports.

The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College is an interdisciplinary research institution that examines the novel and complex opportunities and challenges presented by unmanned systems technologies in both the military and civilian sphere. By conducting original, in-depth, and inquiry-driven projects, we seek to furnish stakeholders, policy-makers, and the public with the resources to engage in a robust public debate and develop policies that best address those opportunities and challenges. The Center was founded in 2012.

This document is made available with the permission of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. For more on the Center, please visit: https://dronecenter.bard.edu/.

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