Monday, January 16, 2012

Nick Turse: The Crash and Burn Future of Robot Warfare @ Tom Dispatch

The wind, the glider and the bad-ass men.

From Tom Engelhardt's introduction: 

If, as Nick Turse has long been arguing in his reportage on our latest wonder weapons, drones are, in the end, counterproductive tools of war, this has yet to sink in here.  After all, our military planners are now projecting an investment of at least $40 billion in the burgeoning drone industry over the next decade for more than 700 medium- and large-size drones (and who knows how much is to go into smaller versions of the same).

Turse's work on drones in his TomDispatch series on the changing face of empire relies on seldom noted realities hidden away in U.S. Air Force documents.  He has a way of bringing the robotic planes down to earth.

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