DefDog: Douglas Macgregor: America’s De Gaulle, Unheeded Prophet of Houthi Victory and Saudi Fall

Corruption, Drones & UAVs, Idiocy, Ineptitude, Military, Strategy

Douglas Macgregor: America’s De Gaulle, Unheeded Prophet of Houthi Victory and Saudi Fall 

Today, the United States and its allies have received a military wakeup call and warning in the Middle East as epochal as the Conquest of Poland was in 1939.

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Betty Boop: Two Drones Shut Down Key Airport — Over & Over…. UPDATE 2

Drones & UAVs, Government, Ineptitude, Law Enforcement, Military

now multiply by 100, choosing key Western cities…

Holiday chaos as drones shut London’s Gatwick Airport

Phi Beta Iota: The West assumes impunity from interruption and is not ready for asymetric rear area attacks. An electromagnetic pulse gun in a helicopter would have been able to fry these drones on the spot. In a worst case a machine gunner, shooting downwards.  No one wants to think about this stuff….too inconvenient.

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Steve Aftergood: Defending Against (Swarm) Drones

Drones & UAVs, Military
Steven Aftergood
Steven Aftergood


Enemy use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is a growing threat to U.S. forces because of their low cost, versatility, and ease of use, according to a recent U.S. Army doctrinal publication. “The UAS is the most challenging and prevalent threat platform to combined arms forces and therefore, a logical choice for enemy use.” See Techniques for Combined Arms for Air Defense, Army Techniques Publication (ATP) 3-01.8, July 29, 2016.

As is the case with U.S.-operated drones, enemy UAS can be used to perform a range of functions from battlefield surveillance and targeting to precision strike, the Army document said. “The enemy will use UAS to fulfill multiple attack roles.” The drone may deliver a weapon or be used as a weapon itself. “As an indirect attack platform, the UAS has the ability to carry the improvised explosive device or become the improvised explosive device.” “Perhaps the most dangerous COA [course of action]… is the Swarm” in which “clusters of UAS” are used by an adversary simultaneously for surveillance, indirect attack and direct attack. What to do about this? The answer is not fully articulated in the Army manual.

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DefDog: Hackers Hit Classified US Defense Communications Network, Mangle Secret USAF Drone Operations

Drones & UAVs

Classified U.S. Defense Network Outage Hits Air Force’s Secret Drone Operations


Nafeez Ahmed: DoD Killer Robots — This Is What Really Expensive Evil Looks Like…

07 Other Atrocities, 10 Transnational Crime, Corruption, Drones & UAVs, Idiocy, Military, Officers Call
Nafeez Ahmed
Nafeez Ahmed

The Pentagon is building a ‘self-aware’ killer robot army fueled by social media

Official US defence and NATO documents confirm that autonomous weapon systems will kill targets, including civilians, based on tweets, blogs and Instagram

Chuck Spinney: Open Letter to Obama by Drone Operators Denounces Drone Assassination

07 Other Atrocities, Drones & UAVs
Chuck Spinney
Chuck Spinney

Obama’s drone war a ‘recruitment tool’ for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers

Four former service members – including three sensor operators – issue plea to rethink current airstrike strategy that has ‘fueled feelings of hatred’ toward US

Ed Pilkington in New York and Ewen MacAskill in London

Guardian, 18 November 2015

Phi Beta Iota: Closing down or transferring the drone program should have been John Brennan’s first order of business when he assumed his position as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. That he did not do so is his epitaph.

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Drone Assassination @ Phi Beta Iota