Who Else Has Drones? - Pale Moon. A MQ-1 Predator drone prepares to take off at Kandahar Airfield (Master Sgt.
Demetrius Lester/Courtesy U.S. Air Force). The Government Accountability Office (GAO) just posted an excellent report, Nonproliferation: Agencies Could Improve Information Sharing and End-Use Monitoring on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which I cannot recommend highly enough. A declassified version of a report provided to Congress in February, the publication assesses global trends in developing and using drones, and U.S. efforts to prevent the spread of certain drone technologies—for U.S. exports and through bilateral and multilateral diplomacy.
USS Michael MurphyCommissioning Live Video Feed. ImGur A picture of Murphy's grave taken October 7th When Navy SEAL LT Michael P.
Murphy was killed fighting in Afghanistan in 2005 he became the first person awarded the Medal of Honor during the War in Afghanistan, which means he perished under exceptional circumstances. Murphy led Operation Red Wings, a group of four SEALs sent into the Afghan mountains June 28, 2005 to neutralize senior Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. While making their way to Shah's location, Murphy and his team were stumbled upon by a group of local goat herders. Murphy offered a vote among the SEALs on what to do next. It was likely those herders, and that act of compassion, which tipped off up to 200 local Taliban forces to the SEALs location, surrounding them.
Murphy called in a MH-47 Chinook helicopter loaded with reinforcements to assist, and the Taliban brought it down with an RPG, killing all 16 personnel onboard; eight Navy SEALs, and eight soldiers from the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). US Army to hold mandatory suicide prevention training - Suicide in the military.
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — As the entire military grapples with a rising tide of suicides despite years of fighting what some call an epidemic, the Army will take a day to focus on the problem and how to prevent it.
In the coming days, soldiers from Germany to South Korea to the Pentagon will be attending mandatory suicide prevention training, followed by additional programs or activities chosen by local leaders that promote getting help and recognizing when others might need it, too. Army Vice Chief Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III ordered the “stand down” following the release of figures indicating 38 soldiers killed themselves in July.
They still do, but in far fewer numbers. According to a new congressional report acquired by Danger Room, drones now account for 31 percent of all military aircraft. To be fair, lots of those drones are tiny flying spies, like the Army’s Raven, that could never accommodate even the most diminutive pilot. (Specifically, the Army has 5,346 Ravens, making it the most numerous military drone by far.) But in 2005, only five percent of military aircraft were robots, a report by the Congressional Research Service notes. A small sliver of those nearly 7,500 drones gets all of the attention.
The Military's Secret Shame.
Airmen, It’s Illegal for Your Kids to Read WikiLeaks [Updated] Airmen, don’t let your babies grow up to read WikiLeaks.
If they do, the Air Force may have no choice but to prosecute them for espionage. Last week, the Air Force Materiel Command’s lawyers warned that airmen who read the purloined classified cables on their home computers — not even government owned or issued devices — could be prosecuted for “dereliction of duty.” And that’s just for starters. WikiLeaks viewership could mean “prosecution for violation of espionage under the Espionage Act.” “DO NOT access the WikiLeaks information on government or personal computers;” the command’s legal staff urged, “DO treat the leaked material like any other content assumed to be classified.” U.S. Military vs. Taliban Monkey Rumors. The U.S. and NATO mission in Afghanistan is pushing back against last week's reports that the Taliban is training monkey soldiers for jihad.
Those reports, sourced to an odd story in the Chinese government-run People's Daily newspaper, are probably not true. But in the wild world of military rumors, nothing is too outrageous to spread like wildfire among the troops. But worry not: Jeff "Rumor Doctor" Schogol is on the case. The Stars and Stripes blogger was last seen knocking back rumors that the U.S. Air Force had decided to allow fanny packs. The Rumor Doctor asked NATO officials whether these killer monkeys have yet been encountered on the battlefield in Afghanistan. " Welcome to SIPRI — www.sipri.org - Firefox.
Les drones américains piratés pour 26 dollars - LeMonde.fr - Fir. Vingt-six dollars : c'est le coût d'un programme grand public utilisé par les insurgés irakiens pour pirater les flux de données des drones Predator utilisés par l'armée américaine – des avions sans pilote coûtant 4,5 millions de dollars pièce – révèle le Wall Street Journal.
Les insurgés profitent d'une vulnérabilité dans la conception de l'appareil pour capter le flux d'images transmises par les caméras du robot, à l'aide d'un logiciel disponible dans le commerce. La manipulation ne permet pas de prendre le contrôle de l'appareil ou de l'endommager, mais savoir ce que voient les drones américains permet aux insurgés de se préparer à l'éventualité d'une attaque ou de connaître les régions dans lesquelles les Américains concentrent leurs efforts. Ce piratage est également rendu possible par le fait que l'armée américaine ne crypte pas les données transmises par les drones, une pratique surprenante au regard de la nature confidentielle des informations transmises.