Examining Future Of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles And Remotely Piloted Aircraft
MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft (drone). File photo: U.S. Air Force photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt By ASPJ -- ( September 24, 2015) By Maj Michael P. Kreuzer, USAF* In early 2008, the United States began a dramatic increase in the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) as part of the global war on terrorism.
Russia's new AI robot tanks that make decisions without humans
Russian company claims to have produced groundbreaking AI software S oftware, called Unicum AI, 'could be installed on any robotic system' Claims it makes robots capable of making decisions on their own accord A Russian weapons manufacturer claims to have invented artificially intelligent robot tanks capable of cognitive thinking.
North Dakota becomes first state to legalize weaponized police drones
A North Dakota law allows police to outfit drones with 'less-than-lethal' weapons including stun guns and tear gas. The bill's original sponsor says he didn't want weapons of any kind on drones, but that the state law enforcement lobby altered the bill's language.
Google has patented the ability to control a robot army
After getting a patent for giving robots personalities last month, Google now wants to unleash an army of Rodney Dangerfield bots on the world. In a patent awarded today, the company outlines a system for "allocating tasks to a plurality of robotic devices."
Can Soldiers Trust Guns That Tell Them Where to Shoot?
The weapons that will be used to fight tomorrow's wars will need to address a very old problem: friendly fire. Researchers think complex algorithms can help by telling soldiers where to shoot, and where not to. But how much trust should soldiers place in a machine that helps them to decide who to kill?
Civil War at 150: How a Bloodless Battle Started It All
During the winter of 1860-61, the citizens of Charleston (map), South Carolina, were so sure that no war would follow their recent move to secede from the United States of America that the fiery editor of the Charleston Mercury supposedly vowed to eat the bodies of all who might be slain as a result.
Caught On Tape: Syrian Rebels Destroy Russian Helicopter With US-Supplied Anti-Tank Missile
Earlier today, just hours after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane near the border with Syria, the FSA (more specifically Alwiya al-Ashar) released footage of fighters celebrating over the body of a dead Russian pilot. The group would later claim to have executed both pilots after they ejected from the plane and attempted to parachute to safety.
The Bloodless War
For those who like their history built on dates it may be said that the cold war began sometime during the eight weeks between the formal surrender of the German armies on May 8, 1945, which ended the Second World War in Europe, and July 4, 1945, when the Soviet military authorities first allowed American organizations to set up shop in Berlin.
Russian directed-energy weapon to complicate military strategic planning?
The Russian defense industry reportedly has developed a directed- energy weapon that can destroy or disable sophisticated electronic guidance and navigation systems in manned and unmanned aircraft and precision-guided missiles.
US Army funds horrifying morphing robot cockroach
Not content with hover bikes, jetpacks and exoskeletons, the US Army has contributed funding to a study which developed a robot modelled on a cockroach. By studying the way cockroaches move, and also their specific size and shape, the team at the University of California-Berkeley say they were able to make a robot more intelligent without any additional software or sensors.
The future of war will be robotic
When the U.S. military invaded Iraq just over a decade ago, it only had a handful of unmanned systems, aka drones, in the air, and zero deployed into the ground forces.
Peace through prosperity: make money, not war
A country's economic development can, and should, work hand-in-hand with peacebuilding, argues Phil Vernon, director of programmes at peacemaking charity International Alert. Despite major gains for peace in the past few decades, violent conflict persists in far too many places.
'Underwater drone with explosives' spotted near Baltic Nord Stream pipeline
An unmanned military underwater vehicle rigged with explosives was spotted on the seabed in the vicinity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in the Baltics on Friday, Swedish media report. The device is expected to be disarmed on November 9.
Anonymous group launches phase of cyberattacks against IS
Anonymous has launched another online battle against members of the Islamic State group. Anonymous has launched another online battle against members of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) group. The hacktivists are targeting and attacking the online network of supporters and suspected websites of the IS.
Cyber attacks could warrant military reply, experts say
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 11:03 p.m. NEW YORK CITY - Computer attacks like North Korea's breach of Sony Entertainment are not acts of war, but they could cause enough havoc and economic pain to trigger a military response, experts told the Tribune-Review on Thursday.
The Drone Papers
The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama's drone wars.
Cyber adds several new dimensions to warfare
The face of war is changing as the world's infrastructure is interconnected and the cyber theater becomes a focus for militaries around the world. We have yet to see a full-scale war between nations at the fore of the digital revolution but recent conflicts offer a picture of how cyber will affect the future of warfare.
Big Data refusal: the nuclear disarmament movement of the 21st century
James Bridle's new essay (adapted from a speech at the Through Post-Atomic Eyes event in Toronto last month) draws a connection between the terror of life in the nuclear shadow and the days we live in now, when we know that huge privacy disasters are looming, but are seemingly powerless to stop the proliferation of surveillance.
U.S. to Send Special Operations Forces to Syria
President Obama has authorized the deployment of a small contingent of elite U.S. troops to northern Syria as part of the campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, a senior administration official tells The Intercept. The White House is expected to make a formal announcement later on Friday.
Did Times Underplay Drone Program Leak?
Using a cache of material from an intelligence source that some are calling a "new Snowden," the start-up national security news site called The Intercept published earlier this month an ambitious investigative project, "The Drone Papers." It exposes details about the inner workings of the American drone program, describing a bureaucratic " kill chain" that leads to the president.