Ineresting video about the use of Drones.
Drone use will increase. There is no doubt of this. They prevent US casualties. They increase the application of precision power, decrease civilian casualties, and they’re cheaper than full-scale aircraft with pilots inside. What has always confused me is the complaint against them. If a manned aircraft destroys something instead of a drone, there seems to be less backlash. Why? What difference does it make? I can see where the enemy would complain, as they never had a chance to kill the pilot that was shooting at them. But they ARE the enemy, so why should I care about their version of what is fair? The old adage, “all is fair in love and war,” is true here. And we are at war against terrorists who are willing to attack civilians and murder anyone who stands in their way by any means necessary.
I offer you this video in regard to the future of drones.
Computer controlled RC aircraft flying in formation. You’ll notice the scene where they fly in through a window. Right now we use ground-based drones for recon. You saw them in the previous video. Now I want you to imagine a soldier being followed by a swarm of twelve miniature aircraft. He doesn’t need to tell them where to fly, they have a computer system and communicate between each other in a mesh network. Each one of these little aircraft is a node in that network, and the soldier carries a main computer system that regulates them. They follow him, and he can give them preset command sequences controlled by the AI in his kit. Not only is each one equipped with scanning systems that can look for infrared emissions, give a visual feed to the soldier’s HUD, and perhaps supply chemical sensory data. Each one is also a bomb that can be armed by the soldier if he needs to do so, flown through a window, and detonated.
In a firefight, this network could be deployed to fly behind enemy cover. They are small targets, difficult to shoot down. Enemy hiding behind a wall? Fly over the wall and detonate. Enemy hiding in a building? Fly in the window and detonate. Unable to find the enemy? Disperse the swarm to cover a wide area and filter the feeds to locate infrared signatures. Turn each one into an audio feed, and hear what the enemy is saying. Relay this information back to base for translation. Record all feeds for later analysis.
I’m not suggesting this is fair for the enemy. And I’m not suggesting that it’s not going to result in civilian casualties. I am suggesting, however, that it would make one of our own soldiers more effective, and it may well increase their odds of survival. But no matter what I think, and no matter what others may have to say on the issue, one thing is certain (at least to me). This WILL happen. In fact, I find it likely that our military is already experimenting with these types of systems.
How do you feel? Do you think drone use is bad in compared to manned vehicles? If so, then what is your reasoning? What makes killing the enemy with a drone different than killing the enemy with your own hand?