Category Archives: Ocean Geopolitics

U.S. launches drone from submarine

As part of the U.S. Navy’s big push to integrate drones into its fleet, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has successfully launched a drone from an underwater submarine. The technology–which enables improved ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance)–was funded by SwampWorks, … Continue reading

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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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A Robotic Alliance in the Pacific

David Axe at Reuters explores the emerging “robotic” alliance of U.S., Japan, and South Korea. Responding to territorial “aggression” from China and North Korea, these countries are seeing to pool together aerial intelligence gathered by the roll-out of the $215 … Continue reading

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The Geopolitical Importance of the Ocean to the U.S. Drone Wars

While the U.S.’ program of extrajudicial-killings-by-drone is currently underwritten by a land-based infrastructure of remote outposts called “lily pads” that house a skeletal staff, the ocean will increasingly serve as a platform for launching remotely piloted planes. There are a … Continue reading

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