Marine Corps Pioneering Unmanned Helo Headed for Storage

  After almost three years in Afghanistan, 2,150 flight hours and more than 1,950 sorties, the Marine Corps’ two K-MAX unmanned helicopters are being put out to pasture in central New York State. The unmanned rotary wing aircraft—which hauled a total of 4.5 million lbs. of cargo across southern Afghanistan since December 2011 for Marines…

Is Obama’s Drone Program Legal? Former Senior CIA Lawyer Isn’t Saying.

Memoirs often offer former senior US government officials an outlet to comment on programs about which they largely were silent while in office. When it comes to the legality of the Obama administration’s armed-drone program, such candor is needed. But, in his new memoir, the CIA’s former top lawyer is mostly mum on the topic.

GOP Hawks Blame Fallujah’s Fall on Obama — But Oppose Inserting US Troops

The White House will speed delivery of weapons to the Iraqi military after al-Qaida fighters captured Fallujah — and congressional Republicans are eager to pin the city’s fall on President Barack Obama Senate GOP hawks John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were quick to react to reports that extremist forces had…

Drop That Budget Ax Or the Zebra Gets It

The above image caught the Intercepts staff off guard, eliciting furrowed brows and a few chuckles. It reminded this correspondent of something out of the Showtime comedy series “House of Lies,” in which eccentric advertising/marketing consultants take the art of spin to new levels in the pursuit of their clients’ goals. The image is the…

And the (Drone) War Drums Beat On

President Barack Obama last week told the world he intends to scale back his armed drone program. Well, try telling that to a handful of alleged al-Qaida operatives who, apparently until Wednesday, resided in northwest Pakistan. The Obama administration green-lighted a drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region that one think tank says killed between…

Previewing Obama’s New Drone-Strike Policy: ‘A Dial, Not A Switch’

President Barack Obama is slated to deliver what even his top aides are billing as a landmark counterterrorism speech, with the commander in chief expected to announce his administration will tighten the targeting rules governing drone aircraft strikes. Attorney General Eric Holder, in a letter sent to lawmakers this week, stated the new CT policy…

Drone Week Begins as Armed UAVs’ Familiar ‘Buzz’ Becoming Less Frequent

[HTML1] Since last December, Congress has had Fiscal Cliff Week then Sequestration Week then CR Week and most recently Budget Week. The Senate even had Guns Week. And now comes Drone Week. Two congressional panels on Tuesday are holding hearings on the role of armed unmanned aircraft in future military operations — and the very…