Went to Barnes and Noble because this Month's Foreign Policy Mag was supposed to have a article tangential to my topic. It didn't. But, adjacent to FP was a publication I never noticed before, DRONES.
Yes, really. Slick mag, heavy stock, 130 pages, two ads, inside front and back coveRs...car ad, Motortrend ad. And stuff to use as outlines for novels. To wit:
Predator vs. Farmer ( six cows wander onto a NDakota ranch, farmer declines to return the cows, Dept. Homeland security offered local police use of predator drone for raid on farmer and family.)
Artist creates anti-drone hoodie, evades thermal imagery drones, shows hoodie and coordinating scarf at London's Stealth Wear exhibition. The Droodie ( I made that up) is made with silver to reflect heat. No price listed.
T-Hawk drones flown into heart of FUkushima to determine "what went wrong". Does it matter now?
UUVs search and destroy mines secretly attached to maritime vessels...commercial, military, even cruise ships are targets of mines placed by deranged frogs near the Straight of Hormuz.
Taranis, a super drone, with 4 hellfire missiles and two laser guided bombs is the first supersonic UAV, controlled via satellite. Named for Celtic god of thunder. Oh.
If Taranis is the behemoth of drones, DARPA claims the Lilliputian AeroVironment Hummingbird, weighs less than two AA batteries. On board video cam. Sits on window sills. Listening. Watching. Transmitting.
USA now trains more drone pilots than real pilots. Kids who are dexterous at video games. Yeah, 'cause, after all, it's just a game.
Posted by Aunty Belle at 9:40 PM