Bottom Line Up Front The increasing proficiency of Iran’s missile and drone technology is key to Iran’s regional influence and deterrent capability. The September 14 Iranian strike on critical Saudi energy infrastructure demonstrated that Iran’s military technology has been underestimated by U.S. and other Western officials. Iran’s transfers of ...

  Bottom Line Up Front Israel claimed responsibility for a recent airstrike in Syria last weekend, signaling that the long-simmering shadow war between Israel and Iran could escalate further. Iran has used the war in Syria to grow its proxy forces, which now include a Shia foreign fighter army that ...

  Bottom Line Up Front President Trump’s revelation that the U.S. shot down an Iranian drone on July 18 suggests that tensions in the Gulf will not subside any time soon. The U.S. shootdown might have been intended to satisfy critics who opposed President Trump’s decision in June to refrain ...

From The Cipher Brief's Open Source Collection newsletter, U.S. officials and Cipher Brief experts are warning U.S. businesses to remain vigilant as tensions between Iran and the U.S. continue.  Christopher Krebs, director of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a warning over the weekend that “malicious cyberactivity” was on the ...

Peter W. Singer is a Strategist and Senior Fellow at New America and an editor at Popular Science magazine. Singer is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare and is a co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. The Cipher ...

Commercially available unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, appear to be changing the game in regards to aviation. The market for drones has been expanding rapidly, the applications of drones are growing more diverse, and the cost of the machines themselves is dropping. There are plans to try ...

It seems like drones are everywhere now. They started decades ago as a military tool, but today drones are very much a part of the commercial sector, creating a broad array of serious and novel regulatory challenges for the government. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) began as military projects, used for ...

The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry is poised to be one of the fastest-growing in American history. During the first decade following UAS integration in the U.S. airspace, it’s estimated the industry will create more than 100 thousand jobs and provide more than $82 billion in economic impact. Proof of ...

Over the past decade, drones have been increasingly relied upon in a growing number of strategic theaters by the United States as well as by other countries. The lethal use of drones is not well understood and evokes a backlash due to secrecy, primarily with regard to their use as ...

The Cipher Brief spoke with Sean McGowan and J. Tyler Black, both attorneys at Thompson Coburn LLP in Washington, DC, about the legal implications of the spread of drone technology. McGowan is Co-Chair of Thompson Coburn’s Drone Practice Group, and Black works in the firm’s transportation regulatory practice. Both weighed ...