An opinion piece. ForeignPolicy.com has a very good article on unmanned systems (there is a registration wall, but it’s free). Written by Michael C. Horowitz, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, The Looming Robotics Gap is full of interesting facts and figures. The only problem with the article is that its central premise – […]
Email in the draft folder of every IT person in the country “Dear IRS/HP/DOJ/GM/etc employee, As of April 23, 2014, it is this institution’s policy that employees are prohibited from using Internet Explorer (IE) while at work. You can still use IE at home for personal browsing, although we would have to reevaluate your basic […]
Night Vision Imaging System(NVIS) enables US military forces to enhance situational awareness, increase mission flexibility, and maintain battlefield dominance. Also, night-vision goggles (NVG) are cool. If you don’t believe me, buy one, show it to your friends, and see how quickly they try to grab it out of your hands. No matter how cool NVG […]
The article below originally appeared in the Counter-IED Report. Concerns are being expressed that all the counter-IED knowledge that’s been learned during the protracted wars against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan will be lost if the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) is slashed or abolished under the proposed plan to scale back the […]
“I think that if we tried harder, we couldn’t have made this budget more complicated….Abbott and Costello couldn’t have done it better.” Christine Fox, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary (Defense News) Even judging by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) long legacy of confusing budgets, the most recent version is setting new standards for head scratching.
As the unmanned community chases the Holy Grail of civilian applications, it is instructive to observe the diverse reactions to Amazon’s plans for UAV deliveries. Responses ranged from mocking satire to arguments for UGVs. Unmanned delivery is already happening in a few places. Below are links to some of the many reactions from around the world […]
Recently, there has been a bit of press about a Capabilities Advancement Demonstration of autonomous vehicles at TARDEC (Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center). My favorite headline about the demo so far is Is the U.S. developing a ROBOTIC army? (Daily Mail UK). Notice the attention-grabbing, alarm-generating capital letters for “ROBOTIC.”