The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have driven a revolution in UAVs. The U.S. military is still spurring innovation in the use of small UAVs, particularly on ships. And their use is poised to expand to militaries across the world, including in South America. But the real action is happening on the civilian side, where UAVs are proliferating faster than the U.S. government can deal with them.
Senior Pentagon Editor Amy Butler and Managing Editor for Technology Graham Warwick wrote about developments in UAVs for the May 12 issue preceding the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference. They join me to discuss everything from how the Marines are using the RQ-21 Blackjack on ships to how Canada seems to be figuring out rules for the skies ahead of its southern neighbors.
Oh – and Graham tells us how a taser-equipped UAV was used at the South-by-Southwest concert-turned-tech-show.