Hommes des casernes - Militaires
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.
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. One man voted to kill the herders and another abstained, prompting Murphy to say he'd vote with the final man who said the herders should be set free.
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.
amateurs des questions de défense (VO NST) - Defence watchers
amateurs des questions de défense (VF)
OTAN - NATO
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-69020" title="Air Force stands up first unmanned aircraft systems wing" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2012/01/dronery.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="309" /> Remember when the military actually put human beings in the cockpits of its planes? 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.
Greg Jeloudov was 35 and new to America when he decided to join the Army. Like most soldiers, he was driven by both patriotism for his adopted homeland and the pragmatic notion that the military could be a first step in a career that would enable him to provide for his new family. Instead, Jeloudov arrived at Fort Benning, Ga., for basic training in May 2009, in the middle of the economic crisis and rising xenophobia. The soldiers in his unit, responding to his Russian accent and New York City address, called him a “champagne socialist” and a “commie faggot.” He was, he told NEWSWEEK, “in the middle of the viper’s pit.”
Don't sell drones :p
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-40331" title="060216-F-9351O-004" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2011/02/060216-F-9351O-004.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="426" /> 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.
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.
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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' arm ée américaine ne crypte pas les données transmises par les drones, une pratique surprenante au regard de la nature confidentielle des informations transmises.