Category Unmanned aerial systems

A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust

Excerpts: Later this summer, workers will lay five inches of asphalt atop the rock bed. In all, commanders say they will pave some 39 acres of airfield. While built mainly for the Reaper drones, the runway and adjoining taxiways and ramps must be able to handle much heavier C-17 cargo planes. Three huge hangars capped […]

Meet The New Robot Army: Intelligent Machines That Could Usher In A New Era Of Autonomous Warfare Are Already Here

Meet the New Robot Army Intelligent machines that could usher in an era of autonomous warfare are already here https://www.wsj.com/articles/meet-the-new-robot-army-1523455200 ILLUSTRATION: ALEXANDER WELLS By Paul Scharre April 11, 2018 10:00 a.m. ET 27 COMMENTS In contemporary sci-fi—HBO’s “Westworld,” for example—sentient machines take up arms against humanity. In the real world, intelligent—and increasingly autonomous—robots are being created with […]

Forecasting The Future Of Warfare

David Maxwell:  “A long important read with important history (and a “scorecard”).” Excerpt: How Did We Do? You Decide.   I gave up command of the Army War College in the summer of 2000. Gen. Rick Shinseki, chief of staff at the time, kindly asked that I stay on active duty another six months to […]

The Case For Extreme Worry

In places that include China and Russia, chief rival powers to the U.S., technology is “empowering top-down authoritarianism as liberal democracy weakens.” The case for extreme worry Axios · by Mike Allen To White House insiders, this is the most dangerous phase of Donald Trump’s presidency so far, from the brewing trade war with China that he denies is a […]

The United States Is Preparing For The Wrong War

Excerpts.   There’s nothing wrong with rebuilding the United States’ conventional combat capacity. By all means, buy more fighter aircraft and navy ships. Spend more time training with artillery and tanks. Those weapons are needed to maintain deterrence and keep the peace. But don’t imagine that all this firepower will keep us safe. The United […]

Building The Future Force: Guaranteeing American Leadership In A Contested Environment

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  “The 40 page report can be downloaded here:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.cnas.org/documents/CNASReport-FutureForce-Final.pdf?mtime=20180309142929   Interestingly there is no discussion of Special Operations in the future force nor irregular, political, or unconventional warfare, […]

China’s Military Revolution: Smarter, Better, Faster, Smaller

China’s Military Revolution: Smarter, Better, Faster, Smaller thecipherbrief.com · by | Brian Garrett-Glaser · March 8, 2018 Bottom Line: With the stated national goal of achieving ‘great power status,’ China’s military modernization efforts have contributed to rising tension in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as between China and the United States. China’s growing ability to project military force – buttressed […]

Time For A Strategic Shift In U.S. Military Unmanned Systems

Excerpts: It is clear that the combination of their extensive use in the operational environment in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the robust funding stream described above, have spurred the fielding of highly capable unmanned aerial systems for Department of Defense as well as the Department of Navy, witness the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-4C […]

  Killer Drones, Cyber Attacks And Targeted Propaganda Will Undermine National Security, As ‘Malicious AI’ Grows Increasingly Powerful, According To A Newly Released Study  

Killer Drones, Cyber Attacks And Targeted Propaganda Will Undermine National Security, As ‘Malicious AI’ Grows Increasingly Powerful, According To A Newly Released Study   www.fortunascorner.com     “Terrorists, rouge states, and criminals could soon use artificial intelligence (AI),” according to a newly released study.  Cecile Borkhataria posted a February 20, 2018 article in the DailyMail.com, highlighting the key takeaways […]

U.S. Must Overcome ‘Hubris’ And Prepare For Surprise: New CSIS Study

US Must Overcome ‘Hubris’ And Prepare For Surprise: Experts breakingdefense.com · by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. WASHINGTON: Even as a sniper shoots President John Doe at an open-air rally, a dozen commandos in civilian clothes are scaling the fence at Fort Myer just south of the Potomac. In minutes, they’ve stormed Officers’ Row and killed or wounded two-thirds of […]