Russia Tests Hypersonic “Avangard” State Of The Art Projectile; And Nuclear Capable Underwater Drone

Russia Tests Hypersonic “Avangard” State Of The Art Projectile; And Nuclear Capable Underwater Drone By Aaron Kesel Russia has tested its hypersonic weapons that Activist Post reported Putin had teased just last week. The hypersonic weapon’s name is Avangard, a state-of-the-art hypersonic projectile, that can travel at more than 30,000km/h, according to Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, RT reported. Borisov told Rossiya 24 TV channel that the test of the weapon proved the hypersonic glider can travel an incredible speed at Mach 27, stating no known weapon can intercept…

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DARPA Seeks FAA Approval For Military Drones Over American Cities By 2030 – At The Latest

DARPA Seeks FAA Approval For Military Drones Over American Cities By 2030 – At The Latest By Nicholas West Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life. So, too, are military grade drones along the “border,” which in reality constitutes a 100-mile-wide swath that encircles the continental United States and 2/3 of its population. According to a new report from Defense One, this level of access is still seen as a restriction by…

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DARPA Wants Drone Swarms To Master Urban Operations

DARPA Wants Drone Swarms To Master Urban Operations By Technocracy News & Trends This is DARPA’s third major push to develop coordinated and autonomous drone swarms, up to 250 per swarm, to be used in urban areas. DARPA uses universities (Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Univ. of Colorado) and giant Tech companies (Siemens, Heron) to build their military technology. ⁃ TN Editor By Brian Wang DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) envisions swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing critical insights to small ground military units in urban areas where vertical structures, tight spaces,…

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Drones Unleashed to Find Tax Evaders as Greece Sets Disturbing Precedent

Drones Unleashed to Find Tax Evaders as Greece Sets Disturbing Precedent By Nicholas West Anyone who is looking to understand exactly what the term “mission creep” means and why privacy advocates warn of its negative impact, here is another case study. Greece is apparently battling a “black economy” in one of its most popular tourist attractions: the island of Santorini. According to tax authorities, the area has become a hotbed of tax evasion, primarily by day trip organizers who are not properly recording their income. As reported by Yahoo News,…

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Has The Era Of Autonomous Warfare Finally Arrived?

Has The Era Of Autonomous Warfare Finally Arrived? By Nicholas West The global arms race for the latest weapons of war is a naturally escalating cycle of countries pursuing ways to dominate the battlefield of the future. Increasingly, that battlefield is a matrix of soldiers with traditional weapons, robots, drones and cyberweapons. Until this point, command over this matrix has ultimately been in the hands of humans. Now, however, many of the trends in artificial intelligence-driven autonomy are enabling data collection, analysis and potentially combat to be done by algorithms.…

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New Kentucky Law Puts Limits on Drone Spying, Will Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

New Kentucky Law Puts Limits on Drone Spying, Will Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program By Michael Maharrey On Saturday, a Kentucky law went into effect requiring police to get a warrant before engaging in drone surveillance in most situations. The new law not only establishes important privacy protections at the state level, it will also help thwart the federal surveillance state. Rep. Diane St. Onge (R-Lakeside Park) and Rep. Reginald Meeks (D-Louisville) sponsored House Bill 22 (HB22). The new law prohibits the use of a drone for a “search” unless…

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How Long Before Chinese-made Axon Police Drones Start Killing Americans?

How Long Before Chinese-made Axon Police Drones Start Killing Americans? By MassPrivateI Not content with police body cams, Axon formerly known as Taser wants to equip police departments with Chinese-made surveillance drones. Three weeks ago, Chinese drone manufacturer DJI reported that they are partnering with Axon. DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Axon the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies, announced an exclusive partnership, to sell DJI drones directly to public safety and law enforcement agencies worldwide through the new Axon Air program.(Source)  Axon…

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Real-Time Drone Surveillance System Is Being Programmed To Detect Violence

Real-Time Drone Surveillance System Is Being Programmed To Detect Violence By Nicholas West Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life. This week, drone surveillance has taken a new step in its scope and is finally encountering widespread media exposure and a fair amount of pushback. The “Eye in the Sky” system is being developed by Cambridge University, according to a new report at CNET, for which designers will use Parrot drones to…

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