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AeroVironment Develops World's First Fully Operational Life-Size Hummingbird-Like Unmanned Aircraft for DARPA
Overreliance on Technology in Warfare: The Yom Kippur War as a Case Study From Parameters , Summer 2004, pp. 46-56.
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Alan Boyle writes: A pint-sized helicopter that gets its energy from a laser beam ran for more than 12 hours straight overnight, breaking an endurance record for laser-powered hovering. It may look like a toy or a UFO, but the Pelican quadrocopter is actually a prototype for a new generation of mini-drones designed for military use. The Pelican's landing came this morning -- 12 hours, 26 minutes and 56 seconds after it rose up from the floor of the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, Wash., just north of Seattle. "It's been a satisfyingly boring night," Tom Nugent, president and co-founder of LaserMotive, told me when I arrived at the museum at 7 a.m. this morning.
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Ibis raised an interesting question in one of his comments: If Fingerspitzengefühl can be taught, why do so few people have it? Two points: First, Fingerspitzengefühl is a skill, so although most people can get better at it, some are going to get a lot better. Second, it’s a strange kind of skill, not for performing complicated or even dangerous tasks mystically well, but for sensing what is going on among groups of people in conflict and then influencing what happens. If you learn juggling, for example, and get so good that people go “Wow! How did she do that?” the clubs still obey simple laws of motion, pretty much f=m•a.
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Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said that Israel is preparing to resettle potential Alawite refugees in the Golan Heights, the valuable highlands which oversee much of northern Israel and the Syrian capital of Damascus . If this plan is true and it is implemented then it will be one of the most odd, complex geopolitical schemes in Middle East history.
The Eide Neurolearning Blog run by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide , has long been one of my favorite blogs, probably the top non-.mil related, SME blog among my regular reads. Here’s an example of why:
You should not have a favorite weapon. --- Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings If there is one attitude more dangerous than to assume that a future war will be just like the last one, it is to imagine that it will be so utterly different that we can afford to ignore all the lessons of the last one.
WORSE YET FOR THE AMERICANS, advances in computer software eroded the demand for highly trained specialists to operate complex weapons.
Some of them have a hard time with the sand and heat in Iraq, but you won't hear them complain. They don't miss their families while they're in the field, and they won't hesitate to carry out an order, no matter how unpleasant it may be.
Swarming tactics have been used successfully in wars throughout history by a variety of organizations from the tribal Parthians (horse archers) to 20th century Germans (U-boats).
Plus ca change, plus ca doesn't