Drone Swarm vs. Russian Base in Syria

Global Guerrillas – The Russians have been using drone swarms against the Ukrainians to good effect (blowing up ammo dumps). Here’s one being used against a Russian base on the coast of Syria.

Russia Says January 5th Attack On Its Syrian Air Base Was By A Swarm Of Drones

War Zone – It seems that the age of drone swarms has arrived, and that’s a terrifying reality to comprehend.

Military robots are getting smaller and more capable

The Economist – Soon, they will travel in swarms.

The Slaughterbots video featured in this story is found here.

Drones and the rise of the high-tech assassins

Boing Boing – How twenty-three innocent Afghani civilians were wiped out by self-deceiving drone operators seven and a half thousand miles away. An excerpt from Andrew Cockburn’s new book, Kill Chain.

The Dragon Pours Concrete

Air Force – China’s air base hardening efforts stand in stark contrast to America’s.

Air Warfare – Droning America: The Tech Our Enemies Can Buy

War on the Rocks – Very interesting article by T.X. Hammes on the current state of unmanned aerial vehicles and how the United States’ enemies may obtain and use them, and how they make high cost US defense assets very vulnerable.

Air Warfare – How I Accidentally Kickstarted the Domestic Drone Boom

Wired – An interesting look at the contributions amateurs are making to the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Air Warfare – The air force men who fly drones in Afghanistan by remote control

Daily Telegraph – The unmanned aircraft patrolling the skies above Afghanistan are controlled by RAF pilots sitting in front of screens as far as 7,000 miles away

Air Warfare – A Day Job Waiting for a Kill Shot a World Away

New York Times – An interesting look at the life of a Predator pilot.

Air Warfare – The Drone Zone

New York Times Magazine – At a desert facility, Air Force pilots are trained to fight America’s remote-controlled wars.

Air Warfare – Stress of combat reaches drone crews

Los Angeles Times – Physically they may be thousands of miles from Iraq or Afghanistan. Psychologically, they’re on the ground with troops. The disconnect, and the sense of helplessness, take a toll.

Air Warfare – A Brief History of Drones

The Nation – A look at the history of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in warfare.

Air Warfare – Do Drones Undermine Democracy?

New York Times – P.W. Singer asks if use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the US undermines our democracy.

Air Warfare – Bomber Diplomacy

Air Force – B-2 and B-52 rotations to Guam offer valuable training—and send a powerful message. A look at Air-Sea Battle as it exists today.

Air Warfare – U-Turn

Armed Forces Journal – P.W. Singer writes that unmanned systems could be casualties of budget pressures

Air Warfare – Airpower Over Water

Air Force – The mission spent the 1990s adrift, but aircraft are again seen as a prime way to track and target threats at sea.

Air Warfare – How the U.S. Military Can Win the Robotic Revolution

Popular MechanicsHow the U.S. Military Can Win the Robotic Revolution

In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq with just a handful of unmanned vehicles. Now, less than a decade later, we have 7000 robots overseas in the air alone. The U.S. dominates the robot war room, for now. Here, military analyst P.W. Singer lays out a plan for how the U.S. can stay ahead, and avoid building the Pontiac Aztek of war, an over-hyped but underperforming dud.

Air Warfare – Defending Against Drones

NewsweekDefending Against Drones

P.W. Singer on how the United States’ new favorite weapon in the war on terror could soon be turned against us.

Air Warfare – Combat Generation: Drone operators climb on winds of change in the Air Force

Washington PostCombat Generation: Drone operators climb on winds of change in the Air Force

The Air Force’s identity crisis is one of many ways that a decade of intense and unrelenting combat is reshaping the U.S. military and redefining the American way of war. The battle against insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq has created an insatiable demand for the once-lowly drone, elevating the importance of the officers who fly them.

Air Warfare – Air Defense Push Inspired by 9/11 Gets a 2nd Look

New York TimesAir Defense Push Inspired by 9/11 Gets a 2nd Look

The US may not be able to afford the cost of defending its skies…

Air Warfare – Fighting Under Missile Attack

Air ForceFighting Under Missile Attack

The Air Force hasn’t thought about air base defense for a while. Now, things are changing. A look at how China could strike first at US air bases in the Pacific.

AirWarfare – Attack of the drones

EconomistAttack of the drones

Smaller and smarter unmanned aircraft are transforming spying and redefining the idea of air power.