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Pull the Plug on Killer Robots - from Human Rights Watch

Machines are starting to take the place of human soldiers on the battlefield. Some military and robotics experts predict that "killer robots" -- fully autonomous weapons that could select and engage targets --- could be developed within 20-30 years. - Nov 26 2012
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Robot Wars - from AlJazeera

Over the past decade, the US military has shifted the way it fights its wars, deploying more unmanned systems in the battlefield than ever before. Today there are more than 7,000 drones and 12,000 ground robots in use by all branches of the military. These systems mean less American deaths. They also mean less political risk for the US when it takes acts of lethal force -- often outside of official war zones. But US lethal drone strikes in countries like Pakistan have brought up serious questions about the legal and political implications of using these systems.

Fault Lines looks at how these new weapons of choice are allowing the US to stretch the international laws of war and what it could mean when more and more autonomy is developed for these lethal machines

X-47B - The Stealth Drone

A revue of the first "cruise" flight of the U.S. Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration aircraft on Sept. 30, 2011.

The Northrop Grumman X-47B is a demonstration Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle. The X-47 began as part of DARPA's J-UCAS program, and is now part of the United States Navy's UCAS-D program to create a carrier-based unmanned aircraft. - May 12, 2011

First Flight of Northrop Grumman X-47B UAV - Video from the first flight of the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system Feb 4, 2011 at Edwards AFB, CA.

New Navy UAV: Introducing the X-47B - powerpoint presentation
Global Hawk, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) video

Northrup Grumman highlights its Global Hawk UAS
Stop Drone Strikes Outside of War Zones

Inside US Drone Control - Channel 4 documentary

Death by Drone

Going to War, Predator Drone Style

 Video goes into the "cockpit" of drone operations in Afghanistan controlled from Nevada consoles, and shows what it's like to drive to work in the morning, kill some "bad guys" with "precise" weapons that minimize collateral damage, then drive home at night to talk with your kids about their homework over your dinner.

Videojournalist David Axe Vignette on Reapers & Predator Drones
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Freelance videojournalist David Axe was recently embedded with the U.S. Air Force at Kandahar Air Base in southern Afghanistan. He observed how the U.S. Air Force uses Predator and Reaper drones.
Washington, DC
: 8 min.

Watch here


The Science Fiction of Military Marketing

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Drone Controllers - a film of drone controllers making a kill

RAF Reaper UAVs in Afghanistan (2008)

War-zone drones flown from New Mexico

Below is a CBS TV "60 Minutes" story on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle's (UAV).
It is not a critical piece of journalism but is simply a piece of war promotional propaganda.


PW Singer on military robots and the future of war
Feb 2009

Lockheed Morphing UAV
(Promotional video from Lockheed - August 2007)

"High performance jet fighters have used a variety of morphing mechanisms in the past such as variable-sweep wings and fowler flaps to expand the flight envelope and enhance mission capability. The Morphing Aircraft Structures Program takes this concept to a higher level. Radical shape changes such as a significant increases or decreases in wetted area could allow a single platform to conduct two or more diverse missions. The ability to perform both high altitude persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and also rapidly respond to Time Sensitive Targets could provide the warplanner with options not previously available. Seamless skins, smart actuators and adaptive flight control technologies are key to this revolutionary approach to flexible combat aircraft design. Integration of network centric interoperability and tailored survivability could produce a weapon system that compliments state-of-the-art systems including the F-22A and F-35."

Predator Drones
July 2006

"The future of warfare lies within what looks like an overgrown toy airplane. Watch as we dissect the Predator system, from the Ground Control Station in Las Vegas to a Ku Band satellite in orbit, then back down to the Predator in-flight over the battlefield."