Technology Drones/Robots and More War

Picture of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis

There are drones that can launch from moving objects, track various movements and targets, protect perimeters, orbit targets, monitor threats and more. In fact, there are drones that swarm and work together like bees, who change their contributions according to the need of the swarm. Essentially, when members of the swarm can no longer perform their duties other drones change their tactics to cover the lost drone’s activities.

There are robots that carry pistols, move freely up & down stairs, can move undetected just like a thief in the night and send reconnaissance pictures while being undetected. In stealth mode, these robots or artificial intelligence (AI) bots can choose & neutralize (kill) targets while being controlled from afar. Welcome to ThunderDrone an event sponsored by Special Operations Command (SOCOM), who chaired & led a prototyping, demonstration event to test robotic & drone limitations and capabilities.

This event held in Ybor City, Florida lasted for over a month, it partnered the military with private industry & academia. Other missions of the event were to allow the military to leverage private technologies with military use. The Department of Defense (DOD) Strategic Capabilities Office, along with the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) and the Science, Technology, Research and Accelerated Capabilities Division of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) saw great promise in the improved drone & robotics technologies.

RCO is tasked with seeking & bringing in new promising technologies that are likely to meet field commander’s needs. Often the technologies at events such as this are predecessors of more advanced future technologies. During this event thru synergy the teams managed to overcome the challenge of resupplying drone power while in flight. ┬áBecause of the positive feedback SOCOM is planning two more similar events for 2018 to be at the SOFWERX facility in Florida.

While talking to field commanders and private industry participants Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis could allegedly be herd saying “our peaceful drone & robotics programs should not give anyone pause as our intentions are wholesome, I mean we’re the good guys, everyone should trust us, I don’t understand why they don’t, it’s so confusing”. Just then as Mattis was concluding an employee of a private firm said what about the innocent people killed by our drones, Mattis replied “they’re all mistakes – we can’t be held accountable for errors”, when the employee laughed & said do you think two more scheduled events is enough, Mattis chimed in, “no we’ll schedule more, we need to work on our excuses too”.

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