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Thu May 31, 2012, 01:59 PM

Hot Drone-On-Drone Action


from TomDispatch:



A Drone-Eat-Drone World
With Its “Roadmap” in Tatters, The Pentagon Detours to Terminator Planet

By Nick Turse


U.S. military documents tell the story vividly. In the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of West Africa, an unmanned mini-submarine deployed from the USS Freedom detects an “anomaly”: another small remotely-operated sub with welding capabilities tampering with a major undersea oil pipeline. The American submarine’s “smart software” classifies the action as a possible threat and transmits the information to an unmanned drone flying overhead. The robot plane begins collecting intelligence data and is soon circling over a nearby vessel, a possible mother ship, suspected of being involved with the “remote welder.”

At a hush-hush “joint maritime operations center” onshore, analysts pour over digital images captured by the unmanned sub and, according to a Pentagon report, recognize the welding robot “as one recently stolen and acquired by rebel antigovernment forces.” An elite quick-reaction force is assembled at a nearby airfield and dispatched to the scene, while a second unmanned drone is deployed to provide persistent surveillance of the area of operations.

And with that, the drone war is on.

At the joint maritime operations center, signals intelligence analysts detect the mother ship launching a Russian Tipchak -- a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft with “U.S.-derived systems and avionics” and outfitted with air-to-air as well as air-to-surface missiles. It’s decision time for U.S. commanders. Special Operations Forces are already en route and, with an armed enemy drone in the skies ahead of them, possibly in peril. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175548/tomgram%3A_nick_turse%2C_hot_drone-on-drone_action/#more



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:40 PM

1. Why not just round up all the world's generals...

 

and give them an online massively multi-player war game that they can use to blow each other to kingdom come without involving and civilians or real world property.

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Thu May 31, 2012, 03:42 PM

2. put the politions and CEOs in The Thunderdome

 

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