In today's edition, five different pieces on the use of drone aircraft for surveillance and combat missions:
* Wired for War author Peter Singer in The New York Times on the possibility that the use of unmanned weapons systems is undermining the checks on the executive branch's control of the armed forces.
* W.J. Hennigan of the L.A. Times on another dimension of the control problem, the question of accountability for military actions if (when?) drones become more autonomous, here occasioned by flight-testing of the new X-47B. Peter Finn also considers the issue in this older piece at the Washington Post.
* Also in the Post: Greg Miller on the "emerging global apparatus for drone killing" – one dimension of that "expanding shadow war" that was one of the Wired Danger Room's top ten security stories last year, and a reminder that this discussion is not hypothetical.
* And finally, Jillian Rayfield of TPM on the increasing use of drone aircraft inside the United States for civilian law enforcement purposes.