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Sep 05

Further to this post, a lot more discussion here–including adversaries’ use:

The Coming Future of Autonomous Drones

The inherent advantages of U.S. Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drones—like the Predator, Reaper, and Global Hawk—for spying on potential adversaries and attacking suspected militants has made them the default counterterrorism tools for the Obama administration. Unlike manned aircraft, or special operations raids, MALE drones can hover directly over hostile territory for between fourteen and forty hours (depending on their weapons and sensor payloads) without placing pilots or ground troops at risk of injury, capture, or death.

Presently, a constraining factor in how they are used is that they require more people to man unmanned aircraft than most people realize…

The military’s strategy to make the Predator, Reaper, and Global Hawk systems more efficient and less costly is to replace human beings with greater autonomy in how drones operate…

Last week, the Defense Science Board—an advisory panel that advises the Pentagon on science, technology, and special issues—published a July report, The Role of Autonomy in DOD Systems, which addresses some of the new strategies and concepts for greater degrees of autonomy within the U.S. military…

H/t Srdjan Vucetic (more here). Meanwhile:

Maritime Surveillance Drones: Aussies Looking Sensible

Whilst the Canadian public debate on U(C)AVs is almost fixated on targeted assassinations (note “Comment” also), down under they appear to be getting serious about one role of drones that should be a priority here too…

Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger

One Response to “Mark Collins - US Forces’ Drone Thinking, Part 2”

  1. MarkOttawa Says:

    And currently:

    ‘As many as 66 countries would be eligible to buy U.S. drones under new Defense Department guidelines but Congress and the State Department, which have a final say, have not yet opened the spigots for exports, a senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

    The 66 countries were listed in a Defense Department policy worked out last year to clear the way for wider overseas sales of unmanned aerial systems, as the Pentagon calls such drones, said Richard Genaille, deputy director of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency. He did not name them.

    “We don’t really have a comprehensive U.S. government policy” on such exports, he told an industry conference called ComDef 2012. “It hasn’t moved quite as fast as we would like, but we’re not giving up.”..’

    Mark Collins

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