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A giant art installation targets predator drone operators

A giant art installation targets predator drone operators | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
In military slang, Predator drone operators often refer to kills as 'bug splats’, since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed. To challenge this i...
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MPs urge more openness on drones

MPs urge more openness on drones | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Defence should be more open about using unmanned aerial drones so the public has greater confidence in the operations, MPs have said.


The Commons defence committee backed calls to publish details where there was evidence civilians had been killed by drones - if this could be done without jeopardising operations.

 

Transparency would help "debunk myths and counter misinformation", MPs said.

 

But they concluded that the UK's use of drones was fully within the law.

 

The committee reported that the MoD had said it was aware of only one case of a UK drone strike in Afghanistan which had resulted in civilian fatalities.

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Armed forces minister Mark Francois said it was "very welcome" that the committee had recognised publicly the "value and effectiveness" of UK drones, "and that operations comply fully with international law".

 

He continued: "I am particularly pleased to note the committee's recognition of the highly skilled personnel who operate this equipment, supporting and protecting our ground troops, our allies and Afghan civilians on a daily basis,.

 

"I hope this very positive report helps to dispel some of the frustrating myths often propagated, and reassure people that remotely piloted air systems bring life-saving benefit to our armed forces, and to those we are working to protect, every day."

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US has not stopped drone attacks as part of any deal: Aziz - Business Recorder

US has not stopped drone attacks as part of any deal: Aziz - Business Recorder | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
US has not stopped drone attacks as part of any deal: Aziz
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Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said the United States has not stopped drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas as part of any deal between the two countries.
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Harsh wireless conditions? Send in the drone hot spot

Harsh wireless conditions? Send in the drone hot spot | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it

The project known as Fixed Wireless at a Distance is designed specifically to overcome the challenge inherent with cell communication in remote areas and this week the agency awarded L-3 $16.4 million to support the next iteration of the system.

The award announcement states: If successful, the phase 2 effort is expected to deliver a package consisting of radio and router pods that can be mounted on Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, with all mobile hotspots subsystems wholly contained within the pods.

According to DARPA, the program looks to address the challenge of data transmission in remote areas and envisions a gigabit-per-second tactical backbone network extending to all soldiers in a hostile location.

"To achieve this, the program seeks to develop advanced pointing, acquisition and tracking (PAT) technologies, not commercially available, needed to provide high connectivity to the forward-located mobile hotspots. Advanced PAT technology is key for connectivity to small UAVs, for example, enabling them to serve as flying nodes on the mobile high-speed backbone."

 

 


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Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, March 17, 11:20 AM

Alléchant, ce système ... Quel sera l'impact à long terme ?

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Fixed Wing UAS to Assess Bird Hazards on Power Lines | UAS VISION

Fixed Wing UAS to Assess Bird Hazards on Power Lines | UAS VISION | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it

The factors that condition the hazard have been extensively studied. They are mostly related to the pylon designs, and currently there are a variety of technical solutions available to mitigate the risk. Most of the resources in biological conservation projects to reduce avian mortality now are invested in fieldwork to monitor the lines, which diverts the resources available to install actual corrective measures to mitigate bird hazard.


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Taliban ‘more willing than ever’ to join Afghan peace process

Taliban ‘more willing than ever’ to join Afghan peace process | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
President Hamid Karzai has confirmed he is engaged in secret talks with the Taliban, which reportedly wants to join the Afghanistan peace process. Washington is pushing for Karzai to sign a security pact that would extend the US military presence.
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Pakistan: humiliation of the state

The history of talks between the Pakistani state and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and its antecedents, is long and has repeated itself a good 14 times as a grave tragedy. This time around it is playing out as a farce. No nuclear-armed state has been humiliated quite so thoroughly at
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Flogging a dead horse?

Our policy on Kashmir is going nowhere. It is neither able to gather any support internationally, nor is it vibrant enough to wake up the UN on its resolutions that bind both India and Pakistan to allow the people of Kashmir to decide their fate through a plebiscite. Having said that, it is
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 With Existence of Sectarian Violence, Power problems and emergence of Pakistani Taliban has actually taken the priority out of the Kashmir agenda 

 

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US sharply curtails drone strikes ‘on Pakistan’s request’

US sharply curtails drone strikes ‘on Pakistan’s request’ | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON: The United States has cut back sharply on drone strikes in Pakistan after Islamabad asked for restraint while it seeks peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.The Post quoted a US official as saying, “That’s what they asked for, and we
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US stops it counter Terror operations for the Pakistan's negotiations with  Taliban is an indication that the political brass is eager to  reach a conclusion to the  peace deal with American pullout in back of there head 

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Nawaz invites India for dialogue on Kashmir

Nawaz invites India for dialogue on Kashmir | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday invited the Indian government for a peaceful dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people.He said his government was ready to consider any proposal for establishment of peace. “We are ready to discuss and
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Taliban won’t accept talks without enforcement of sharia: negotiator

Taliban won’t accept talks without enforcement of sharia: negotiator | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Negotiators representing Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said Wednesday there was no chance of peace in Pakistan until the government embraces sharia law and US-led forces withdraw completely from Afghanistan.The tough conditions appear to deal a blow to hopes that talks with the
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Soldiers Lynch Man at Army Ceremony in Central African Republic

Soldiers Lynch Man at Army Ceremony in Central African Republic | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
A group of soldiers in Central African Republic’s capital lynched a man on Wednesday whom they suspected of having been a rebel.
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 Chaotic situation in Central African Republic  which was a result of a coup has slipped further to lawlessness and turned out to be a breading ground for Islamic terror out fits is on its way to recovery with  Samba-Panza, appointed to lead the country to elections next February, two weeks ago after coup leader Michel Djotodia stepped down under intense international pressure, made clear it would take time to restore order.

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Jihadist Return Is Said to Drive Attacks in Egypt

Jihadist Return Is Said to Drive Attacks in Egypt | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
At least two Egyptians who came home from fighting in Syria have already killed themselves as suicide bombers in a recent terror campaign.
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Suicide Attacks in Egypt is a fare warning that the Chaos is soon turning out to be an armed rebellion with ongoing civil war in Syria and small isolated incidents in Siani  Egypt is slowly moving towards a greater Chaos

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Upwards-falling UAVs ? What...

Upwards-falling UAVs ? What... | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it

DARPA begins development of ocean-launched, 

upwards-falling UAVs

 

DARPA wants its drones to fall upwards. It sounds like nonsense at first, but this “Upward Falling Payloads” (UFP) program is actually quite clever. First of all, the Navy needs to plant unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) inside of capsules across the ocean floor, all over the world. From there, the UAV (or another strategic payload) can hibernate inside of the protective capsule for years on end. When the Navy needs surveillance or aerial support, it can remotely trigger these devices, and they float to the surface. In other words, they fall upwards.

In a post on DARPA’s website, program manager Andy Coon explains why these UFPs are useful, and lets us in on some of the challenges that engineers will face when creating the capsules. Essentially, the Navy is hamstrung by its resources. Getting proper coverage to every nook and cranny of the globe is difficult with its current strategies. With the UFP program, the Navy will be able to get coverage in far-flung areas with very short notice.

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Upwards-falling UAVs ? What

 

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The things that happen away from the public arena!

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Flight 370: Why aren't drones helping in the search?

Flight 370: Why aren't drones helping in the search? | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
Noticeably absent from the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been the unmanned technology that has become a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security strategy.

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A fleet of navy ships and advanced search aircraft from 26 nations have been scouring vast expanses of the Indian Ocean, looking for seat cushions, door panels or aluminum that might help solve the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

 

But noticeably absent from the search has been the unmanned technology that has become a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security strategy and defined 21st century warfare.

 

Drones, which are relied on to hunt and destroy targets in the Middle East and Central Asia, aren’t capable of looking for the missing Boeing 777, military officials said. Their high-tech cameras and sensors are better suited for missions over land. Searching over water is difficult because waves can reflect radar and render many other sensors useless.

Some drones, like the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, have been outfitted with laser-guided bombs or missiles — grabbing most of the headlines. But all drones are equipped with cameras and heat-seeking sensors for reconnaissance and surveillance work.

 

Drones have helped measure radiation during Japan's nuclear reactor meltdown, penetrated the eyes of hurricanes to gather scientific data and helped firefighters see hot spots during wildfires.

 

The most advanced technology is on the RQ-4 Global Hawk, a long-endurance, high-altitude spy drone that can fly at more than 60,000 feet. The plane, which is flown remotely, can stay aloft for 30 hours at a time.

 

A Navy variant of the drone, the MQ-4 Triton, has a price tag of $189 million. But the Navy said it’s not yet ready for use.

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Drones are aptly suited for this operation. Unfortunately most of them are deployed in #Afghanistan, #Yemen and covering #NATO borders in Europe. 

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Surviving Drones – The Complexity of Automated Warfare

Surviving Drones – The Complexity of Automated Warfare | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it

The United States government has made hundreds of attacks on targets in Northwest Pakistan since 2004 using unmanned aerial vehicles also known as drones. The use of drones has been applied in Yemen and Somalia since the end of 2004. An estimated 411 to 890 civilians have been killed, including 168 to 197 children according to a News Agency report. Many more were injured, and still more live under the fear of drones. Some decided to stand up and make their voices heard in the international community.

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Sofie Chen paints a dark picture of drone war going on in Pakistan. From initially being the war on terror; its has also become the war that creates terror. 
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Pentagon: North Korea develops unmanned strike aircraft from stolen US drone

Pentagon: North Korea develops unmanned strike aircraft from stolen US drone | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
North Korea has deployed an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of attacking ground targets based on stolen U.S. target drones, the Pentagon revealed in a report to Congress.

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Critics accuse Obama of being too quick to court Myanmar's brutal generals

Critics accuse Obama of being too quick to court Myanmar's brutal generals | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
Despite reforms, the military still commits atrocities, and may not let Aung San Suu Kyi run for president.
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FBI Monitors Fighters Trained in Syria, Now Back in U.S. | GSN | NTI

FBI Monitors Fighters Trained in Syria, Now Back in U.S. | GSN | NTI | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
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Religious extremism and Punjab

Since more than a decade, Pakistan has been in the grip of religious extremism, which has now assumed the proportions of more than just a crisis. Pakistani society as a whole is occupied by chaotic conditions while the Pakistani state is facing the severest challenge to its authority, so much so
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US discusses Afghan troop levels; Kabul holds talks with Taliban

US discusses Afghan troop levels; Kabul holds talks with Taliban | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON/KABUL: U.S. President Barack Obama met his senior military commanders to discuss the American presence in Afghanistan as officials in Kabul confirmed President Hamid Karzai’s government has been holding secret talks with Taliban insurgents.The United States said it welcomed any
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These negations can be seen as an attempt to re-structure the the situation after the US pull out 

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COAS reiterates Pakistan’s support to Saudi Arabia

COAS reiterates Pakistan’s  support to Saudi Arabia | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday reiterated Pakistan’s support to Saudi Arabia, on the first day of his official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).The COAS called on Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and was conferred upon King
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US designates Haqqani figures ‘global terrorists’

US designates Haqqani   figures ‘global terrorists’ | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday named three members of Pakistan’s Haqqani network to its list of “specially designated global terrorists.”The US Treasury said Saidullah Jan, Yahya Haqqani, and Muhammad Omar Zadran are key figures in the financial and support network of
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Explosions rock Iraqi capital, killing at least 34 - The Washington Post

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These Attacks Come when Al-Qaeda is trying  to gain control of Sunni Areas of Iraq while the country is led by Shiite regime clearly indicates the battle for the territory is on 

 

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Iraqi Tribes to Take Lead in Falluja Fight, U.S. Says

Iraqi Tribes to Take Lead in Falluja Fight, U.S. Says | Drones and Moans | Scoop.it
Brett McGurk, a top State Department official, provided new details about the Iraqi government’s effort to regain control of a key Sunni city now occupied by jihadists.
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Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS) has grown strong in the region and Al-Qaeda  insistence on not having any links with them clearly indicates that  it requires more than military effort to neutralize them 

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