The Center for a New American Security has released The Drone Database, a tool aimed at helping policymakers and the public understand the scope and implications of global drone proliferation. It includes profiles of more than 150 drones from 48 countries. The drones in the database can be organized according to country of origin and includes technical specifications such as range, payload size, and endurance.
CNAS Technology and National Security Program Director Ben FitzGerald and CNAS Future of Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre joined Dan Gettinger, co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Drone, to discuss the new database in a podcast available on the CNAS iTunes and SoundCloud channels. The database is available on the CNAS Drones website: http://drones.cnas.org/drones/.
The database is part of the CNAS Proliferated Drones project, a wide-ranging resource on different aspects of drone proliferation. The Proliferated Drones primer offers an introduction to the different categories of systems that are currently being adopted by state and non-state actors. The project also includes a series of perspectives on drone development and acquisition in countries including Germany, Singapore, and South Korea, among others, as well as a war game report that explored how some state and non-state actors could use drones in various conflicts.