by ROBERT BECKHUSEN There are thieves out there who want your luggage, which is why you should never leave it unattended. There are also spies who want your confidential documents about your next-gen spy drone. You probably don’t want to leave those alone either. That’s apparently what happened to two Dassault Aviation employees earlier this [...]
Archived posts with tag ‘drones’
In the more than 15 years since the U.S. Air Force flew the first modern drones in combat over the Balkans, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have become a staple of high-tech warfare.
Axe ‘On Point’
I was on NPR’s “On Point” show this morning along with P.W. Singer, talking about drones, drones and drones. Give it a listen.
That’s what Slate just asked me, P.W. Singer and John Pike from Globalsecurity.org. The answer is yes, probably. From Slate.
Iran probably did scoop up one of America’s stealthy RQ-170 Sentinel spy drones after the bat-winged aircraft crashed near the Iran-Afghanistan border last week. Multiple news outlets have cited anonymous U.S. government sources confirming Tehran’s claims that it’s in possession of the radar-evading Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
Opening fire on American troops could mean an instant death sentence for insurgents, if an ambitious new Air Force plan works out. The flying branch has asked industry to develop a new heat and motion sensor capable of detecting enemy gunfire from 25,000 feet over the battlefield — and then swiftly directing a bomb or missile onto the shooter.
A decade after the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency flew its first armed Predator drones over Afghanistan, the consensus view is that the U.S. military and intelligence community have achieved a lasting near-monopoly on robotic warfare. The Pentagon and CIA operate the vast majority of the world’s armed Remotely-Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and sponsor most of the cutting-edge research and development for new drones.
The threat of drone attacks was all that protected CIA agents in the early years of the Agency’s continuing efforts to take out al-Qaeda operatives in Somalia. The thing is, the threat was a hollow one. The drones weren’t there.
Drones in Congo?
I’m quoted in Guy Taylor’s piece on the prospects for a U.S. drone campaign against the Lord’s Resistance Army in Congo.
by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry is floating the idea of invading Mexico. Too late: the U.S. military is already up to epaulets there. “It may require our military, in Mexico, working in concert with them, to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off our border and to destroy [...]
Washington is quietly establishing at least two new East African drone bases, plus one on the Arabian Peninsula, to support the expanding U.S. shadow war against Islamic militants in Somalia and Yemen. An apparently new facility has been built in Ethiopia. In the island nation of Seychelles, a defunct airfield is being reactivated. A third base is being set up in or near Yemen.
Squeezed between rising costs and declining budgets, the U.S. Navy is considering cutting or abandoning the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in favor of accelerated development of aircraft carrier-launched, armed drones. But it’s unclear how much confidence the Navy has in such robotic aircraft’s combat capabilities.