Category Archives: Military Industrial Complex

The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis

For actual paper follow this link. Abstract. This paper explores the urbanization of drone warfare and the securitization of the “surplus population.” Defined as a bloc of humanity rendered as structurally unnecessary to a capital-intensive economy, the surplus population is … Continue reading

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China’s rising lethal drone exports

This article explores the rising market for cheaply produced (but lethal) Chinese drones. This booming geography is a result of the few restrictions the Chinese place on exports–unlike U.S.-manufactured armed drones, which have only been sold to a small number … Continue reading

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2015 Year in Review – Center for the Study of the Drone

The Center for the Study of Drones, at Bard College, have published their most newsworthy stories of 2015. The 10 stories that caught my eye are as follows: A shortfall in Air Force drone operators is at “breaking point.“Relatedly, the … Continue reading

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Lockheed Martin: FUNmanned facts

Lockheed Martin continues to push the limits of unmanned systems technology in the air, on land and at sea. Can you guess which unmanned technology is described below in each of these “FUNmanned” facts? The “game” is here.

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The U.S. military is now “at war” in Africa

Nick Turse over at TomDispatch reports, once again, on the U.S. military’s “Africa pivot.” While AFRICOM is typically tight-lipped about its growing presence on the continent, Turse was able to acquire a more frank assessment of the military’s intentions during … Continue reading

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The (cyber-)war on “cognitive space”

The U.K.’s Ministry of Defence is investing millions into research on the future of cyberwarfare, including the use of psychological techniques and social media to manipulate people’s beliefs. According to the Guardian, this research includes “Understanding Online Avatars, Cognitive and … Continue reading

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A dozen companies that will profit from droneworld

A relatively under-reported aspect of drone warfare is the enormous defense contractors that directly benefit from continual war. Here is a list of twelve of the biggest. The list includes Boeing, which had a revenue of $18.7 billion in 2012, … Continue reading

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Predator drone poster by General Atomics

I haven’t been able to find a better image of the one below – a photo of a Predator drone superimposed over planet earth. I remember seeing something similar to this “commercial” when I visited Washington D.C. and used the … Continue reading

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Google buys Boston Dynamics robot company

Boston Dynamics became the eighth robotics company to be purchased by Google within the past 6 or so months. The maker of extraordinary machines, including the “BigDog”, has a reputation for producing robots that mimic creatures from the animal kingdom. … Continue reading

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Europe forms “drone club” to rival US and Israel

France, Germany and other European countries on Tuesday formed a “drone users club” to develop a rival to the U.S. and Israeli pilotless aircraft that dominate the field. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the European Defense Agency has … Continue reading

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