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AeroVironment Develops World's First Fully Operational Life-Size Hummingbird-Like Unmanned Aircraft for DARPA • Two-wing, Flapping Aircraft Hovers and Flies in Any Direction • Total Weight of Two-thirds of an Ounce Includes Batteries and Video Camera WASHINGTON, at AAAS Conference, Feb. 17, 2011 – AeroVironment, Inc. (AV)(NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it has accomplished a technical milestone never before achieved -- controlled precision hovering and fast-forward flight of a two-wing, flapping wing aircraft that carries its own energy source, and uses only the flapping wings for propulsion and control. The milestone was part of the Phase II contract awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to AV to design and build a flying prototype "hummingbird-like" aircraft for the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program. DARPA-funded Nano Hummingbird spybot takes flight (video)
Overreliance on Technology in Warfare: The Yom Kippur War as a Case Study From Parameters, Summer 2004, pp. 46-56. Modern military journals are replete with articles claiming that recent advancements in technology constitute a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). The authors of these articles claim that innovations in weapon systems—for example, the development of precision guided munitions—and the capacity to wage network-centric warfare are symptomatic of this RMA, and will afford the United States an unprecedented level of situational awareness and the ability to apply force rapidly, accurately, and precisely without fratricide or collateral civilian casualties.1 Should these prophets be believed? PARAMETERS, US Army War College Quarterly - Summer 2004
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Solarballone sind durchsichtige Heißluftballone mit einem innenliegenden schwarzen Sonnensegel. Dieses erwärmt die Innenluft, so dass der Ballon steigt. Die ereichbare Innentemperatur hängt lediglich von den verwendeten Materialien ab und ist unabhängig von der Dicke der Außenhülle. Der nebenstehende Modell-Solarballon hat einen Durchmesser von 4.80 m und ein Gewicht von lediglich1 kg. Bauplan Solarballon
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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. Copter sets a laser-powered record
Dec.06.2007 by dni A Discourse on Winning and Losing Introduction Abstract (116 KB) Conceptual Spiral (161 KB) Abstract of the Discourse and Conceptual Spiral (413KB pdf) Destruction and Creation John Boyd Compendium | Defense and the National Interest
Developing the touch « Fast Transients 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.
Murphys Law of Combat Operations. Murphy's Military Law.
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Military Geography 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. For background, Alawites are a religious-tribal minority in Syria comprising ten percent or so of the country's population. They believe Ali, cousin of Muhammad, was God incarnate. They also believe Jesus was God in the Trinity and Alawites practice Communion as the body and blood of Christ. Orthodox Islamic scholars have traditional classified Alawites as a Christian sect, a Shia heresy, or a pagan religion that disguises itself in the majority religion.
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: Cultivating “High Conceptual Thinkers”
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. DoD Military Lessons Learned - Joint, Army, Air Force, Navy, Mar
WORSE YET FOR THE AMERICANS, advances in computer software eroded the demand for highly trained specialists to operate complex weapons. Easy-to-learn graphic displays allowed poorly educated soldiers to quickly master elaborate but user-friendly war-fighting machines, rather like a 15-year-old American figuring out how to dispense Coca-Cola at a fast-food restaurant by pressing the right pictograph. Praise The One Above, the microchip ended the educational and training advantage the American military had enjoyed. Because the Americans believed their information technologies reduced the need for conventional combat forces, they disbanded such forces in favor of trendy "information" units. These were filled not with well-trained, physically fit combatants, but rather, as Szafranski put it, "mind-nimble (not necessarily literate), fingertip-quick youth" who tended to equate their success at video games with competency to engage in real war. How We Lost the High-Tech War of 2007
Pritzker Military Library | P.W. Singer 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. They are not men or women; they are the more than twelve thousand robotic systems currently deployed in Iraq. This is not a book about the future. In Wired for War , P.W. Singer explores how robotic systems have already changed military operations.
Global Guerrillas: GLOBAL GUERRILLA SWARMING 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). Global guerrillas (next generation terrorists) will likely use swarming tactics as part of their doctrine. This technique, in combination with new market-based financing techniques is what's called a killer combo. Definition. A good place to start an analysis of swarming is Sean Edwards' "Swarming on the Battlefield (PDF downloads).
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