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Ocean Power, Sovereign Power: The Fusion of the U.S. Navy and Drones in the Predator Empire

Ocean Power, Sovereign Power: The Fusion of the U.S. Navy and Drones in the Predator Empire In this essay, a work-in-progress, I want to think through the symbiotic relationship between the ocean, the ship, and the drone. The argument will … Continue reading

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The underwater drone “mothership” called Hydra and the RHex

The producer of our science-fiction dreams, DARPA, has been busy. It recently announced plans to develop an underwater “mothership” that would be capable of launching unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) from below the surface of the … Continue reading

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Autonomous U.S. Navy drone lands on aircraft carrier

The U.S. Navy’s X-47B made “history” last week when it landed on the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush near Virginia. The Northrop Grumman craft is actually being wound down, but represents a glimpse of the coming systems that the U.S. … Continue reading

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U.S.-Chinese Naval Rivalries (and the drone) +UPDATE

An Op-Ed in the New York Times by Richard Parker discusses the U.S. Navy’s foray into unmanned aircraft technology  and the implications for relationship with China in the Pacific. This story has generated a lot of news recently, and that’s … Continue reading

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Navy tests autonomous drone

LA Times article on the X-47B drone that is capable of taking off from, and landing onto, an aircraft carrier. The X-47B marks a paradigm shift in warfare, one that is likely to have far-reaching consequences. With the drone’s ability … Continue reading

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US Navy’s ‘UFO-Like’ Stealth Drone Takes Flight

The U.S. Navy reached a new milestone for a futuristic new stealth drone when it successfully retracted its landing gear and flew in cruise configuration for the first time, engineers announced Tuesday. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the X-47B is a tailless, strike fighter-sized unmanned … Continue reading

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