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Violent Non-State Actors Usage of Drone Technology

Updated: May 26, 2022

In the last couple of years, we witness the proliferation of drone technology among VNSAs. This technology allows VNSAs capacities they did not have before and consequently, pose a serious emerging threat. Nonetheless, it is unclear under what conditions VNSAs adopt this innovation and when they don’t. This urgent security development has been barely addressed in academic scholarship. Moreover, when it does, research is not empirically grounded, leading to speculation and problematic policy decision. In this project we collect data on drone usage by VNSAs from open sources creating a new dataset.



2020. Chavez Kerry, and Ori Swed. "The proliferation of drones to violent nonstate actors". Defence Studies.


2020. Chavez Kerry, and Ori Swed. "Off the Shelf: The violent nonstate actor drone threat". Air & Space Power Journal. Vol 34, 3.


2020. Op Ed. Kerry Chavez and Ori Swed. “An Allegory of the Cave: Terrorist Drones and the Offense-Defense DialecticUnited States Army War College: War Room.


Presentation: ISA 2022 Annual Convention, Nashville. Drone Webs: The Diffusion of UAV Innovation via Social Networks


Presentation: Southern Political Science Association annual meeting. The Empirical Determinants of Violent Nonstate Actor Drone Adoption


Presentation: Vulnerabilities of the Drone Age: Workshop I. The malign use of drones by non-state actors: vulnerabilities and future threats


Using: The Terrorists’ Drone Dataset


Researchers: Kerry Chavez, Ori Swed

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