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Lockheed Demos Unmanned F-16

Lockheed Martin says the plane successfully demonstrated an ability to plan and execute the mission, react to a changing threat environment, and automatically manage itself to avoid capability errors.This was the second demonstration in a series of planned flight tests known as Have Raider II. The first test focused on flight maneuvers. The tests have been done earlier in the form of computer simulations, but this was the first field test.

via Lockheed Demos Unmanned F-16 | Industrial Equipment News

Terrorism Risk From Small Domestic Drones

Terrorist groups outside the U.S., including the Islamic State or ISIS, have in recent months begun using small unmanned aircraft in attacks, which has substantially raised the risks that such actions are possible domestically, according to an official speaking Wednesday at a security conference in Washington.
“Small UAS with a small payload, that can be absolutely deadly,” says Mark Lilly, a civilian Air Force expert in security threats, referring to drones by the acronym for unmanned aerial systems
Small amounts of explosive compounds could be attached to the millions of small commercial drones that have been sold in this country, he says

via Terrorism Risk From Small Domestic Drones Concerning: Official – Bloomberg

DARPA’s ‘Aerial Dragnet’ Will Monitor Drones in Cities

“A new project launched by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s research arm, wants to map all small drone activity in urban settings. Managers of the Aerial Dragnet program are soliciting proposals to help the military provide continuous surveillance of drones on a city-wide scale.” 


Self-Driving Beer Truck Travels 120-plus Miles on Public Highway

“Anheuser-Busch says it has completed the world’s first commercial shipment by self-driving truck, sending a beer-filled tractor-trailer on a journey of more than 120 miles through Colorado.”

Pentagon Working Through ‘Terminator Conundrum’

“The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Defense Department is working through the problems of future robotic weapon systems – so-called thinking weapons.

“We’re not talking about cruise missiles or mines,” but “robotic systems to do lethal harm… a Terminator without a conscience,” 


The Pentagon Takes Aim at Bomb-Carrying Consumer Drones – Bloomberg

“That’s the same quad copter you can get on Groupon or go down to Sam’s Club and buy for $400,” U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller said last week at a Washington forum on future warfare. The elusive nature of small drones is one reason the federal government has designated the District of Columbia a “national defense airspace” and prohibited drone flights there. 


A fast growing club: Countries that use drones for killing by remote control – LA Times

“A total of 78 countries now deploy surveillance drones. More than 20, including the six named above, either have or are developing armed drones…”