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Brett velicovich uses drones to combat kenya’s elephant poaching crisis | dji stories

Drone manufacturer DJI recently sent a team to visit Brett Velicovich in Kenya where he was using the power of drones to save endangered species, including elephants and rhinos, against poachers. DJI produced a short film on Brett’s work in the Maasai Mara Reserve while supporting the Mara Elephant Project (MEP).

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Demonstration shows the dangerous damage a drone could do to a plane | fox & Friends

Brett Velicovich joins FoxNews Fox & Friends to discuss the damage a drone could do to a plane and what can be done about it. As drone activity grows, so do fears of the devices colliding with planes in the air.


Americans want border security, and the numbers show it | Fox news

Brett Velicovich latest Opinion article with FoxNews discusses the border security crisis and the numbers showing President Trump is far from alone in his determination to secure our borders — Americans view immigration as the second-biggest problem facing the country today.


How drones could be a game-changer in Somalia's fight against al-Shabab | cbs this morning

CBS News caught up with Brett Velicovich in Mogadishu, Somalia to discuss his recent work there supporting the fight against the terrorist group al-Shabaab with drone technology.  

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the impact of the u.s. and North Korea nuclear summit  | hannity Fox News

Brett Velicovich joined the Sean Hannity program on Fox News recently to discuss the latest on the North Korea nuclear summit. In the end, "the President is going to have to convince North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, who wants this new phase economic modernization, that he can give up his nuclear weapons and still preserve his regime in the process." 


Let’s Start By Talking About a Typical Day Working with Ballistic-Armed Drones | mother jones

Described as lightweight, hand-held, and portable, the “Raven” was the first drone that former US special operations soldier Brett Velicovich encountered in eastern Afghanistan in 2005. It flew at low altitudes and delivered shaky video feeds covering a short range of six miles or fewer. It was the early years of drone warfare and Velicovich, at just 25, was crafting “kill lists” for the still-highly secret US drone program.

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Commercial drones have become the latest search and rescue tool | Fox News business network

Brett Velicovich discusses a new report showing over 65 people saved by drones in the last year, as the rapid adoption of commercial drones as a search and rescue tool is seen across the country. 

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north korea has agreed to talks with the United States to end it's nuclear program | Fox News

Brett Velicovich discusses the North Korean talks, the critical question of how do both sides define denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and how the negotiations may have been a part of Kim Jong Un's plan all along: part of their next phase of "economic modernization" once they could leverage their nuclear program. 


What Drone Warfare Does to a Soldier's Brain | gq magazine

A conversation with Army veteran and author Brett Velicovich on the complexities of intelligence gathering, the morality of drone warfare, and the future of unmanned aircraft. If you read a story about the United States military using a drone to capture or kill a terrorist...

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NYPD concerned about drone attacks in NYC | FOX & FRIENDS

With concerns over drone attacks taking place in NYC, does the NYPD have the technology to fight drone attacks? Brett Velicovich breaks down the threats from drones with Steve Doocy on Fox News. 

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Homeland Security finds cell phone spying devices in washington d.c. | fox & Friends

The Department of Homeland Security recently discovered unauthorized eavesdropping devices around the D.C. area. The devices have government officials worried foreign adversaries may be using it to spy on leadership.  Brett Velicovich weighed in on who might be involved on Fox News.

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Why it's a smart plan for the US to ramp up drone exports | fox & friends

Brett Velicovich joins Fox News' FOX&friends to give his take on President Trump's plan to boost exports of lethal drones to our allies.  For years, U.S. drone manufacturers have been hampered by archaic export control standards hurting our long-term competitive advantage in the drone space.

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Brett Velicovich provides commentary for Fox News on recent reports of an effort between Google and the Pentagon to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate the identification and classification of images taken by drones, providing intelligence elements with increased ability to make informed decisions on the battlefield. The pilot project, deemed Project Maven, applies Google's artificial intelligence solutions to drone targeting and has stirred up controversy in recent days.

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Experts worry that a drone attack on the us is next | fox & Friends

Brett Velicovich joins Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy on FOX & Friends to comment on what concerned officials can do to be better prepared for a drone attack on the U.S. by ISIS fighters returning from the battlefield.


The US should be very worried about the drone attacks on Russia's bases in Syria | Business insider

Brett Velicovich discusses with Business Insider, Russia's claim to have electronically brought down multiple drones that swarmed its military bases in Syria. Moscow has claimed that the US helped the rebels target its bases in with a US Navy spy plane, despite the fact that the rebels could have easily constructed and operated the drones themselves. 

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Recent ups contract negotiations with their drivers have included discussions about drone delivery | varney & CO

UPS is in contract negotiations with their drivers, who are allegedly trying to stop drones from being used in the future to deliver packages. Brett Velicovich shared his thoughts on the Fox News Business Network with Varney & Co.  

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The Nypd is training to prevent drone attacks on the united states | Fox News fox & friends

Brett Velicovich: "The future of warfare is no longer going to be boots on the ground; it's going to be less and less of boots on the ground and really more and more of eyes in the sky."  

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Attorney general sessions announces Hezbollah financing and narcoterrorism team | fox & Friends

'Drone Warrior' author Brett Velicovich comments on a new team created by the Department of Justice (DOJ) designed to target Hezbollah and their illicit financing activities. 



elephant trophies? Seriously? This is what washington is spending its time on? | Fox News

Brett Velicovich provides insight on the Department of Interior's (DOI) plans to reverse a ban blocking the importation of elephant trophies back into the U.S. from Zimbabwe and Zambia, stating that the move will lead to increased demand for the illicit ivory trade. 

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YouTube finally removes and bans all Anwar al-Awlaki videos | fox & friends

Former special operations intelligence and author of the "Drone Warrior" Brett Velicovich weighs in on Fox & Friends on YouTube stepping up it's removal of terrorist content from their site. 


Here’s why we’re so fascinated with drone technology | the blaze

Drones are everywhere. Why are people so fascinated with them, and when will they start taking our jobs? Brett Velicovich joined today’s show to talk about his book and address Jeffy, Brad and Kal’s many concerns about the future of drones. These days, a drone can even deliver your cocktail (shaken or stirred, your choice) thanks to a “culinary experience” gig’s innovation.

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Homeland Security bulletin warns of weaponized drones | fox & Friends

The Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin warning Americans about the potential threat of terrorists using weaponized drones as possible means to attack commercial aircrafts in America.'Drone Warrior' author Brett Velicovich provides insight.


An elite soldier on using drones to hunt terrorists — and giving the kill order | Vox

“We use this word ‘target.’ They're ‘targets,’ but these are human beings. These are real people, and we are making real life-and-death decisions.” That’s what former military intelligence analyst Brett Velicovich remembers thinking as he hunted down some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists in Iraq.


there are no rules for presidents when service members are killed | vice news

"You don’t sign up expecting to die, but you do sign up with the intention that if it comes to it, that you give your life for your country,” said Brett Velicovich. “Never in a million years do you think that will happen.

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brett velicovich speaks with fox Business network about The FAA's new drone integration pilot program | Fox News

Velicovich spoke with Stuart Varney on FOX's Varney & Co about the WhiteHouses's new drone program. The new program follows a directive from President Trump for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to initiate a pilot program to safely test and validate advanced UAS operations through various partnerships across the country with oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Brett Velicovich Discusses Warfare and the Future of Drones at the 9/11 memorial and museum | 9/11 memorial

Drone expert Brett Velicovich spoke at the 9/11 Memorial Museum on Tuesday night about his experience in U.S. Army intelligence and his advocacy work. In a wide-ranging conversation, Velicovich discussed the complexity of conducting drone operations

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'Drone Warrior' author Brett Velicovich weigh's in on special ops ambush in niger | Fox News channel hannity

Four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in a battle on Oct. 4. The mission has ignited a political firestorm, raising questions about the U.S. military’s broader mission in Africa and why one of the fallen soldiers, Sgt. La David Johnson, was not recovered for two days. Brett Velicovich weighs in on the controversy.


'Drone Warrior' Brett Velicovich Speaks to BBC World News | BBC news

Former US Army intelligence analyst speaks to BBC Reporter Karin Giannone about his military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, and his mission to capture or kill some of America's most wanted terror suspects.


The American drone pilot’s secret war | The times of london

Brett Velicovich has written a dramatic book about hunting down al-Qaeda’s leaders in Iraq. He talks about his life, and its Hollywood payoff. Brett Velicovich was in his first year at the University of Houston in 2001 when American Airlines flight 11 was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. In response he dropped out of college and applied to join US military intelligence...


Delving into the Drone Program with Brett Velicovich | the cipher brief

15 Minutes is a weekly interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. At the young age of 33, Brett Velicovich has probably held more positions than someone could in a lifetime...In this episode of 15 Minutes, The Cipher Brief’s Bennett Seftel goes even deeper with Brett, examining the importance of the drone program in US military counterterrorism efforts, what drove his dedication, and the recent news of a man Brett spent most of his career hunting down: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


NFL National Anthem Controversy | Fox News channel hannity

What do veterans think of the NFL kneeling during the national anthem? Brett Velicovich joins Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel to discuss military veterans thoughts on the NFL controversy.  



WITH THE CRISIS in Puerto Rico unfolding—and expanding—daily in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the scale of the devastation is coming into horrifying focus. It’s not just that the American territory has been, by many accounts, “destroyed.” It’s that crucial relief supplies aren’t reaching the island...."If the roads are down and there aren’t enough helicopters out there, we should be using drones to do the work. This is not sci-fi technology. It exists now.” Brett Velicovich says. 

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Professional drone pilots join Harvey rescue effort | FOX & Friends

'Drone Warrior' author and former special operations intelligence soldier Brett Velicovich explains on 'Fox & Friends' how he is using drones to assist hurricane and flooding victims in the wake of Harvey and Irma. 

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I Could Kill You with a Consumer Drone | defense one

Right now, I’m holding a drone that can fly thousands of feet in air in less than 30 seconds, getting it to an altitude where no one could see it. My drone could be up in the air, ready to strike a target before you even had time to blink. A range extender I’ve added to the antenna allows me to control it up to seven miles away. If it ever loses its radio link to the controller, it can automatically return to its launch location. Except — this drone is not meant to come back...It is meant to strike. 

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Brett Velicovich visits the set of outnumbered and shows off his drone  | Fox News channel

Brett Velicovich hangs with the ladies of Outnumbered on Fox News Channel for a full hour and debates a wide range of topics of the day including border security, DACA, and how drones are saving lives around the world.

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How drone technology is changing hurricane outcomes | Fox News channel

Brett Velicovich discusses how drones are assisting rescuers with hurricane and disaster recovery efforts and his plan to assist in the aftermath of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. 


American Drone Warrior Saved Woman From ISIS | The daily beast

Brett Velicovich was justifiably proud of his counterterrorist expertise in Iraq, but it was a rescue mission of no strategic importance that put him in touch with his humanity. 

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The Drone Warrior: New device zaps rogue drones out of the skY | FOx & Friends

Former Special Operations intelligence analyst Brett Velicovich discusses the new counter-UAV that recently hit the market and additional drone technology used to take out rogue ISIS drones.

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Important for White House to step up its North Korea rhetoric | CNBC Squawk box 

Brett Velicovich, “Drone Warrior” author and former special ops analyst, discusses the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea as well as how prepared our military is for any outcome.


Life of a US Army intelligence soldier revealed in new book - with Hollywood version to follow | UK Daily Mail

A new book shedding light on the life of an Army intelligence soldier in the US military is being turned into a film. Co-written by Pulitzer Prize winning former Wall Street Journal author Christopher S Stewart, the book charts Velicovich's career as he traveled across the world hunting down some of the United States' most wanted terrorists.

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US soldier reportedly tried to help ISIS get consumer drone | FOX & Friends

Brett Velicovich details the dangers of technology in terrorists' hands after breaking news about a Hawaii-based U.S. Army soldier's arrest over the weekend for allegedly attempting to provide military documents and a drone to the ISIS terror group.




I WAS WIRED on Rip It energy drinks heart pounding, eyes glued open to the bright screens as we followed a white bongo truck for miles as it drove south, kicking up dust from the Syrian border through the open desert....It was midday, September 2009, and I was in the Box, a secret windowless bunker at the edge of an undisclosed military base...

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Inside the role drones have played in the war on terror | Fox news channel

Brett Velicovich, former special ops intelligence and author of the new book 'Drone Warrior,' on the hunt for ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. 


My first drone kill: One of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq | salon

His code name was Scarface, and he was a key player when Al-Qaeda in Iraq transformed into the Islamic State. A Ranger team operating in the same area happened to be watching our live drone feed. We had a vast interconnected network across the battlefield, and it was necessary to collaborate...

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US tops with military drones, but China owns consumer market | CNBC Squawk Box

Brett Velicovich, founder and CEO of Expert Drones, talks about a new way to protect America against our most dangerous enemies by using data collected by drone. Brett also discusses the drone cocktail bar he helped build for a Fortune 50 client and "explains that the future of drones is now warfare, it's enabling businesses in the private sector." For the Record: There is a typo on the NBC news screen for Brett's previous rank in the military. 

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Life As A 'Drone Warrior' | NPR

Brett Velicovich spent much of his time during five tours duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places in the box, as he calls it, a windowless bunker filled with flat-screen video monitors showing images captured by cameras on drones. He hunted for terrorists and suspected terrorists to capture or kill. He's written one of the first memoirs of a new age of warfare... 


drone soldier missing killing notorious isis chief by mere minutes | new york post

In 2010, his unit hunted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for months, launching more than 30 missions in an attempt to capture him. As they picked off and interrogated al-Baghdadi’s associates, Brett Velicovich writes, the terror leader went underground. 


This Army Vet Led The Hunt For ISIS—Now He's Using Drones To Save wildlife | Fast company  

Brett Velicovich’s new book, Drone Warrior, is all about his time with a small intel team that used the latest technology, classic spycraft, and military strategy to help capture and kill high-value targets in Al Qaeda and ISIS. If you think that sounds like the kind of story Hollywood producers would salivate over, you’re right.

What Drone Warfare Does to a Soldier's Brain | gq magazine

A conversation with Army veteran and author Brett Velicovich on the complexities of intelligence gathering, the morality of drone warfare, and the future of unmanned aircraft. If you read a story about the United States military using a drone to capture or kill a terrorist...

drone expert brett velicovich on cbs this morning describes hunting ISIS leader abu bakr al-baghdadi with drones | cbs this morning

For nearly a decade, Brett Velicovich was one of an elite handful in the military at the center of America's covert drone war. His group used drones to follow, capture and kill some of the world's deadliest terrorists. "Never before in the history of the world have we had this ability to know so much about our enemy," he explained.

drone expert brett velicovich on fox & friends discussing how the us can prevent isis from using drones for attacks | foxnews channel

Brett Velicovich discusses ISIS continued use of drones during the battle for Mosul, Iraq and methods by which the U.S. Government and private sector can prevent terrorist groups from using drones for attacks.

Drones, 5G Internet Dominate Talks as Tech Execs Visit White House | Voice of america

Top industry executives huddled together Thursday with President Donald Trump to show off their wares and talk about what government’s role should be... Brett Velicovich, president of a Washington area drone firm said his greatest worry is that governments such as the United States don’t seem to fully appreciate the potential security threat posed by the new generation of cheap, powerful drones in the hands of terrorists.


Trump targets Africa: Inside America's quiet war against terror | Fox News

It all started at Baledogle, the old Soviet airport 70 miles northwest of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital...The problem is that al-Shabab is increasing the complexity of its attacks. Shortly after Brett Velicovich, a U.S. Army veteran....


Somali police get first drones to combat Islamist bombings | thomson reuters

A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents...The Somalis received five drones, some of which have infra-red or night vision capabilities, from Brett Velicovich.


Andy Bellin Comes Aboard To Adapt ‘Drone Warrior’ For Michael Bay | DEadline hollywood

Given what has happened in Manchester, it is not surprising that this project is moving forward — who doesn’t want to obliterate Isis? Andy Bellin has been signed by director and producer Michael Bay to adapt the action thriller Drone Warrior...


Paramount Options Story of Drone Fighter Brett Velicovich | Variety

Paramount Pictures has optioned the life rights and autobiography of drone warfare fighter Brett Velicovich, with an eye toward producing an “American Sniper”-style big-screen biopic...


Come Watch Brett Velicovich Race Drones At Dew Tour | Green Label

Brett Velicovich thinks drone racing could become one of the world's biggest new action sports...


Students Experiment With Drones for 4-H National Youth Science Day

Brett Velicovich, U.S. Army veteran and renowned drone expert, will deliver a keynote address about the future of drones and give a demonstration on drone technology. U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith will give an address encouraging youth around the country to pursue STEM education and use these tools to collaborate on solving local and national challenges. 


Feds not so happy about toy drones coming to town this Year | New York Post

City Hall and the feds are scrambling to put new restrictions in place before the estimated 400,000 drones sold this holiday season flood the skies. “We are going to see a ton of drones in the airspace very soon and especially over the holiday season, so basically the FAA decided we need to do something fast about this,” said Brett Velicovich..

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