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Remote Lethality, US-Turkey Relations, Defense R&D

Dated: 2 Dec 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
Category: International, Security

Remote Lethality: The military has used and experimented with robots that perform functions such as scouting and surveillance, carrying supplies and detecting and disposing of improvised homemade bombs. However, when it comes to integrating lethality, such as a weapon capable of firing 10 rounds per second, onto an unmanned ground vehicle, issues arise such as safety, effectiveness and reliability, as well as military doctrine on how much human involvement is required.

US-Turkey Relations: U.S. and Turkish officials have narrowed their differences over a joint military mission in Syria that would give the U.S. and its coalition partners permission to use Turkish air bases to launch strike operations against Islamic State targets across northern Syria, according to officials in both countries. As part of the deal, U.S. and Turkish officials are discussing the creation of a protected zone along a portion of the Syrian border that would be off-limits to Assad regime aircraft and would provide sanctuary to Western-backed opposition forces and refugees

Defense R&D: Top Pentagon leaders have been calling for large companies to spend more of their own money on research projects, but making a case might be difficult. This article comes just days after the Pentagon officially launched a project to find new technologies that it hopes will give it an edge on the battlefield decades from now, known as the Long-Range R&D Planning Program

US Airstrikes, Persuasion, UAV Application

Dated: 10 Nov 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
Category: International, Security, Technology

US Airstrikes: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS, was wounded Saturday in a U.S.-led air strike on the Western Iraqi border town of al-Qaim, according to Iraqi officials; Baghdadi’s condition remains unclear. Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a new phase of the U.S. campaign against ISIS, deploying 1,500 troops to Iraq on Sunday.

Persuasion: Interesting Time Magazine article regarding FBI persuasion techniques.

UAV Application: A team of Japanese scientists have developed a “flying rescue robot” with a device that can open doors to enter buildings hit by earthquakes or accidents. To open a door, the UAV uses suction cups to stick to the door’s surface. Then, it presses its arm with an air bag-like device against the door handle and blows the bag up to open the door. After partially opening the door in this way, the robot uses its propellers’ wind pressure to open it further.