President Obama presses for global drone policy regulation

It's not only the U.S. which is using drones, and now President Obama wants to make sure he has a hand in worldwide regulation.

An Israeli drone and operator. Credit: C.Osborne

It's now not only the U.S. which is using drones, and now President Obama wants to make sure he has a hand in worldwide regulation.

From the U.S. to Israel and China, the use of drones for surveillance and as weaponry has grown as an industry. The use of unmanned aerial aircraft (UAVs), operated remotely, has grown considerably in the past decade, and now as countries including China and Russia consider investment and deployment, Obama wishes to influence just how they are used -- in other countries.

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It is not yet clear how the White House's ironic attempts to regulate drone use -- considering global airstrikes and surveillance conducted by the U.S. remained unconfirmed and confidential for so long -- could be accepted or even appeal to other countries. However, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, told Reuters that the administration is currently explaining to Congress its drone policies, and are "establishing standards other nations may follow."

The United States has carried out drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Somalia.

Via: Reuters

Image credit: C.Osborne/ SmartPlanet

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