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Drones and Everything After

What happens when humans get superpowers.


Confessions of a Drone Warrior

During his nearly six years in the Air Force, Airman First Class Brandon Bryant flew hundreds of missions and logged almost 6,000 hours of flight time. He killed or helped kill 1,626 people. And he never left Nevada.


A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood

The origin story of the C.I.A.’s covert drone war, which began with the 2004 killing of a Pashtun militant, the result of a secret deal for access to Pakistani airspace.


'Moral' Robots

The debate over autonomous lethal drones.


Waiting for a Kill Shot 7,000 Miles Away

The emotional toll on drone pilots.


The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama

Drone strikes and their consequences.


The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret

How killing by remote control has changed the way we fight.


Anatomy of an Afghan War Tragedy

A behind-the-scenes look at a U.S. attack against civilians near Khod: “the high-tech wizardry would fail in its most elemental purpose: to tell the difference between friend and foe.”