Doug Vining Digital sniper rifle

The age of digital conflict is already upon us. You don't need skill to aim and fire a sniper rifle, just some electronic wizardry.

The future is closer than we think!
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Posted: 29 May 2013 at 11:37

Doug Vining Making war too easy

"The rise of the drone is not a case of technology run amok. It is the result of human decision: of political calculation and, too often, strategic evasion. Judging from its expanded use over the past five years, the drone’s chief danger is that it makes war too easy—so easy that commanders, including the commander-in-chief, can fool themselves into thinking they’re not fighting a war at all."

Drones are undoubtedly changing the face of warfare, and making it possible for commanders to go after specific targets without risking own casualties. That makes it easy to take the decision to kill, especially where the risk of civilian casualties is low.

The author of this analytical piece also makes the point that effective long-range use of drones requires enormous infrastructure in terms of satellite networks for real-time video and remote piloting. Only the US currently has that full capability. How long before other countries have an equivalent military network? Could the next war be in space, to disable a rival's satellite network, or in cyberspace, attacking their network with digital weapons, and so rendering their drones useless?

The covert use of drone strikes could breed a generation who fears being taken out by a faceless ...
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Posted: 26 June 2013 at 10:26

Doug Vining Attack of the drone makers

Like all new technologies, this one is attracting its share of market boosters. In the future, I'm sure we will have drone fairs as big and well attended as auto shows, all over the world.

But it's also interesting to note that drones are not only being developed by the United States. One of the most advanced drones on the show proudly displays German insignia on its flanks.

One of the most interesting and useful of the military drones is the Little Bird autonomous helicopter, as it includes two seats for passengers. I saw an early version of this machine at a defence exhibition and discussed it with a Boeing representative. Although it can be armed and sent off on a 'seek and destroy' mission without a pilot, it can also find its way to a remote location and, for example, pick up wounded soldiers or rescue an injured hiker.

That reminds me of the driverless flying taxi that we've blogged about in the past!
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Posted: 21 August 2013 at 07:53
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