Drones: How They Work, Applications, and Legal Issues

Cite as: 3 GEO. L. TECH. REV. 502 (2019)

In 2001, a U.S. military drone, Predator, became the first weapon to stalk and kill an individual on the other side of the planet.1 Controlled from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) campus in Virginia, the Predator hovered over a compound in Afghanistan, which housed Mullah Mohammed Omar, an ally of Osama Bin Laden.2 The Predator drone then followed a convoy and fired missiles at the target.3 While not all drones are designed with deadly force in mind, the Predator drone demonstrates the striking extent of drone capabilities.

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Joseph Suh

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. Candidate 2021; University of Southern California, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering 1999; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, M.S. Electrical Engineering 1990; Dongguk University, B.E. Electronic Engineering 1988. Thank you to the wonderful editors of GLTR, without whom this piece would not have been possible.