Drone strikes in Pakistan

October 8, 2010 § Leave a comment


The New America Foundation’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative has emerged as the accountant of drone strikes in Pakistan, much like how Iraq Body Count and iCasualties have served as the keepers of the death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Above is a Wall Street Journal graphic using the New America Foundation’s count. New America bases its figures on news accounts. It provides the date and location of each strike, as well as number of reported deaths and the name of the militant targeted.


Their count shows a spike in drone attacks in September as the CIA stepped up strikes to knock out a suspected terror plot against European targets.

Below, a portion of the drone strike Google map New America maintains.


Analysis of Iranian nuclear sites

October 13, 2009 § Leave a comment


With commercial satellites circling the globe it’s hard for nations to keep their construction sites a secret. Military analysts at various organizations keep track of these images and look for structures that could be nuclear facilities or signs of new activity at known sites. The satellite image above, believed to be Iran’s Qom centrifuge facility, was analyzed by the Institute for Science and International Security. Their report is here:


Below is GlobalSecurity’s take on the suspected site:



When news of Iran’s centrifuge facility broke in September of 2009, photo wires were offering DigitalGlobe’s satellite images of the “suspected” site in Iran. Since the site location hadn’t been confirmed by U.S., Iranian or IAEA officials, news organizations shied away from using the images.

A few days later, the New York Times ran an annotated satellite image of the suspected facility on their front page based on an analysis by IHS Jane’s.

Here is the IHS Jane’s release


And an interactive version of the New York Times graphic:


Most of the military analysts use satellite images from either DigitalGlobe or GeoEye.

Images of military weapon systems

June 21, 2009 § Leave a comment


The Defense Department maintains an online database of high-resolution images at http://www.defenseimagery.mil. I have only used the still images, but the database includes video as well. Above is an image of a Predator drone in Iraq (much higher resolution images are available than the one posted here.) Note the Hellfire missiles on its wings. This site is extremely useful for information graphics on military weapon systems, the defense budget and deployment. You can find photographs of all kinds of U.S. helicopters, armored vehicles, missiles, ships, and personnel.

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