Category Archives: Military Industrial Complex

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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The power of lobbying in the drone industry

Northrop Grumman, the multi-billion defense contractor, spent more than $17.5 million on lobbying in 2012, outspending its main rivals. A focus of its lobbying efforts has been to reverse the Pentagon’s decision to mothball the Rq-4 Global Hawk. The DOD … Continue reading

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Israel largest drone exporter

Israel is the world’s largest exporter of drones, mainly to Europe, Asia and Latin America, in a trade worth more than $4.6bn (£3bn) over the past eight years. A study by the business consultancy Frost and Sullivan found that unmanned aerial vehicles … Continue reading

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UK-based defense contractor supplies parts to U.S. Predator drone

A major British defence company is supplying the deadly US drone programme, which has killed scores of civilians, leading critics to condemn the UK as complicit in ‘war crimes’. The firm, Cobham plc – which specialises in defence and communications … Continue reading

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The Military-Education-Drone Complex in the U.S.

In an age of austerity and financial gloom, what better way to kick-start the economy than droneducation? Jobs! Time reports on one the U.S.’ major national hubs for training would-be drone pilots, the University of North Dakota. North Dakota, of course, being … Continue reading

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