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DARPA-funded Nano Hummingbird spybot takes flight (video) 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.

DARPA-funded Nano Hummingbird spybot takes flight (video)

(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. The technical goals for the Phase II effort were set out by DARPA as flight test milestones for the aircraft to achieve by the end of the contract effort. PARAMETERS, US Army War College Quarterly - Summer 2004.

Overreliance on Technology in Warfare: The Yom Kippur War as a Case Study From Parameters, Summer 2004, pp. 46-56.

PARAMETERS, US Army War College Quarterly - Summer 2004

Modern military journals are replete with articles claiming that recent advancements in technology constitute a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). PULSEO2DA FIREARMS TRAINING MANUALS - Pulse Firearms Training. PulseO2DA Firearms Training, Inc., offers three manuals for sale to the general public which describe the theory, movement and fundamentals necessary to dominate a lethal force confrontation.


These three manuals are our "Strategy", "Tactics" and "Drills" manuals, and combined, contain more than 500 pages of content including 180 photos and 50 diagrams. Bauplan Solarballon. FiveStagesTalk. Rhetorics & Heretics - Home. Copter sets a laser-powered record. 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.

Copter sets a laser-powered record

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. Defense and the National Interest. 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 Patterns of Conflict Original format in PDF (2.9 MB)PPT (1.5 MB)PDF of PPT (830 KB)

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?

Developing the touch « Fast Transients

Two points: First, Fingerspitzengefühl is a skill, so although most people can get better at it, some are going to get a lot better. Murphys Law of Combat Operations. Murphy's Military Law. Murphy is everywhere, and maybe especially in the Military.

Murphys Law of Combat Operations. Murphy's Military Law.

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Last Update : September 08, 2014 at 06:58:59 A.M. Timeline - Dreaming 5GW. 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.

Military Geography

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 Alawites have run Syria under the Assad family since the 1970s. The fear of ethnic displacement is very high in Syria, much higher even in post-Arab Spring Egypt. Cultivating “High Conceptual Thinkers” The Eide Neurolearning Blog run by Drs.

Cultivating “High Conceptual Thinkers”

Brock and Fernette Eide, has long been one of my favorite blogs, probably the top related, SME blog among my regular reads. DoD Military Lessons Learned - Joint, Army, Air Force, Navy, Mar. Way_of_war.pdf (application/pdf-Objekt) How We Lost the High-Tech War of 2007. 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.

Pritzker Military Library. 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). Project on Defense Alternatives. Preface This design for a UN legion was commissioned by Dr. Carl Kaysen, Chairperson of the Committee on International Security at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for inclusion as an appendix in their report, Appendix: Design for a Streamlined UN Legion in Carl Kaysen and George Rathjens, Peace Operations by the United Nations: The Case for a Volunteer UN Military Force. It is a scaled-down version of the UN legion proposed in Vital Force.. Strategic and Operational Factors Relevant to Force Design Several aspects of peace operations are especially relevant to the design of a UN force.

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