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Military-Industrial Complex Is Itching to Send “Hunter-Killer” Drones to Ukraine

by Sara Sirota, published on The Intercept, May 18, 2022 After failing to convince the Biden administration to ship NATO fighter jets to Ukraine, the military-industrial complex is now trying to coax the White House into sending what are, essentially, unmanned fighter jets to counter Russia’s invasion. Kyiv reportedly met with the major defense contractor General Atomics about obtaining the […]

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Keep Your LAWS Off My Planet:Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Fight to Contain Them

by Rebecca Gordon, published on Tom Dispatch, January 9, 2022 Here’s a scenario to consider: a military force has purchased a million cheap, disposable flying drones each the size of a deck of cards, each capable of carrying three grams of explosives — enough to kill a single person or, in a “shaped charge,” pierce a steel wall. They’ve been […]

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Ukrainian Government Deploys Armed Drones Against Separatists

by Jason Melanovski, published on World Socialist Website, November 16, 2021 Despite its obligations under the signed 2015 Minsk Accords peace agreement, the Ukrainian government is continuing to ramp up its military capabilities against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. In late October, it deployed Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones there for the first time ever. In response to an ostensible shelling […]

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Before the Reaper and Looking Forward

An overview of the roots of Reaper Drones and future Drone Wars India has ordered thirty American 30 SeaGuardian UAVs, ten each for the army, navy and air force. SeaGuardian is the latest version of the American MQ-9B Reaper SkyGuardian UAV and was modified to handle maritime surveillance. This process was completed and certified in late 2020. India will pay […]

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Drone Swarms Are Going to Be Terrifying and Hard to Stop

“Now the improvised explosive devices will find our war fighters.” by Alexis C. Madrigal Mar 7, 2018 One of the drones from a swarm that Russian military officials say attacked their air base in Syria Russian Ministry of Defense As regular people purchase more drones, the small, unmanned aerial systems keep dropping in price and growing in capability. Once expensive, […]

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Trump’s Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes, and No One Is Talking About It

by Lee Camp, originally published on TruthDig We live in a state of perpetual war, and we never feel it. While you get your gelato at the hip place where they put those cute little mint leaves on the side, someone is being bombed in your name. While you argue with the 17-year-old at the movie theater who gave you […]

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Does America Spend Enough on Defense?

In response to the Buffalo News’ interesting August 2 feature “Does America Spend Enough on Defense?”: We don’t need more military spending – we need less. Our military aggression makes us a target. John Quigley rightly points out that we should be building bridges at home, rather than bombing bridges abroad and maintaining about 1,000 military bases worldwide. He observes […]

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Photonics In Rochester, A Question of Values

Guest post by George Payne of Gandhi Earth Keepers, International.  George follows local and global issues, and has a radio show on Rochester Free Radio called The Broken Spear. The $600 million photonics hub promises to create manufacturing jobs and spur innovation in the science of light, robotics and medical imagery. Senator Charles Schumer has stated: By combining the academic […]

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