Defense Tech, Guns, Self-Reliance
By Seth J. Frantzman and Dr. Eric Mandel
At the Black Tiger Base in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq the concerns of Kurdish Peshmerga who have spent five years fighting Islamic State have now turned to the rise of Iran-backed militias.
“ISIS is infiltrating these Sunni Arab areas where locals have a bad relationship with the Hashd al-Shaabi,” a local commander told us last month, referring to the largely Shiite militias who operate checkpoints and control parts of rural Iraq.
In the Kurdish autonomous region, a stable and prosperous part of Iraq that has been a key partner of the…
San Diego PD shot and killed a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle recently in California. The suspect allegedly brandished and fired the weapon at a mobile home before allegedly pointing the rifle at officers.
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Officer body cam and helicopter camera footage captured the fatal incident that left 50-year-old Alfonso Cervantes dead. The incident began when San Diego PD officers responded to a call for a report of gunfire, according to timesofsandiego.com.
“The witnesses described the man as acting strangely and (reported he) appeared to be hiding from…
A 48-year-old woman was seriously injured after she fell off a cliff while clicking a selfie at famous hill station Saputara in Dang district of neighbouring Gujarat.
The incident occurred on Monday when Sushma Pagare was enjoying the view from famous “Sunrise Point” with her family members. (Representation image: Reuters)
A 48-year-old woman from the city was seriously injured after she fell off a cliff while clicking a selfie at famous hill station Saputara in Dang district of neighbouring Gujarat, police said on Tuesday.
Venomous snakes have played a role in an experiment to deliver life-saving drugs to remote areas of Meghalaya by drones.
The National Health Profile of the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence published in 2017 said snakebite killed 1,770 people across the eight north-eastern States in 2016. Meghalaya and Tripura recorded the most victims – 404 each – followed by Assam with 265 and Sikkim with 242.
However, research by a team of herpetologists revealed that the availability of anti-snake venom vials for 4 crore people of the region was 0.004% that year.
Syracuse, N.Y. — A new radar system is allowing the military’s unmanned MQ-9 Reaper attack drones to fly for the first time in and out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport without an escort from piloted chase planes.
It’s the first time that military drones have flown unescorted from a commercial airport in the United States.
The military’s newly installed ground-based “detect and avoid” radar allows Reapers from the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing to safely and more effectively fly training missions from Syracuse, guard officials said.
Engineers demonstrated that the drone can autonomously position a nail gun on a nailing point, place the nail, and then move on to the next point.
“For me, the biggest excitement of this work is in recognizing that autonomous, useful, physical interaction and construction tasks are possible with drones,” says Ella Atkins, a professor of aerospace engineering and robotics at the University of Michigan.
Is roofing a robot job?
Atkins says many consider tasks best suited to robotization “dull, dirty, and dangerous,” and robots like octocopter could offer a way to move the human…
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An 18-year-old woman who claimed she shot a 50-year-old man in self-defense Wednesday afternoon at a home near South Nashville has been charged with attempted criminal homicide, Metro police say.
Officers responded around 4:15 p.m. to a reported domestic shooting on Glenpark Drive near Briley Parkway.
When police arrived, they spoke with witnesses who said there was an argument inside the home involving at least four people. During that argument, a witness stated Nyah Layhew, 18, grabbed a handgun from a 50-year-old man’s waistband…
“Mathematics is the gate and key to science.” —Roger Bacon
Flying a drone—simple, right? Just move the two little sticks on the transmitter and watch the drone move up, down, sideways, clockwise, counterclockwise, keeping the drone within your sight all the time, right? Actually, it’s more complicated than that. You’re working two sticks at once; you have to control speed and direction at the same time to avoid collision and/or injury to people, property and the drone itself. The Internet is full of horror stories of drones gone wrong.
The Punjab Police on Sunday had claimed to have busted a terror module of the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), backed by a group based in Pakistan and Germany.
Anti-gun Representatives tried and failed on Wednesday, September 18th to override Governor Chris Sununu’s vetoes of three-anti gun bills.
House Bill 109 would have effectively banned the private transfer of firearms, with exemptions too narrow to matter. As written, the bill would have imposed a definition of “commercial sales” broad enough to cover private transactions at gun shows, forcing nearly all individuals transfer through Federal Firearm Licensed (FFL) dealers.
After buying a kit online, Sheriff Craig Apple says it took him roughly an hour to build a so called ‘ghost gun.’
“We wanted to purchase one to see what the process was,” Apple said. “They are only 80 percent complete and you get the tools and the drill bits and the instructions on how to finish the remaining 20 percent.”
Unlike 3D printed guns, which Apple says usually fall apart when fired, the sheriff says ghost guns become completely functional and completely lethal once the top and bottom pieces from the kit are put together.
“These are no joke, these are the same guns…
Sanders’ scrutiny of technology differs from that of other lawmakers by mostly focusing on issues that directly or immediately impact other industries. In July, Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) led a group of lawmakers calling on the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate working conditions in Amazon’s warehouses. And last month, Sanders said he’d call for stricter antitrust enforcement of tech companies as it relates to the news media industry, such as Facebook and Google.
Key point: The Army has a long-standing history of making card decks featuring America’s adversaries and rivals.
It’s either a badge of honor or a countdown to war.
Iran’s arsenal of weaponry now adorns a deck of U.S. Army playing cards.
Iran finds itself in august company. The Army already has decks of cards for Russian and Chinese weapons. And then there was the famous “most wanted” deck of Al Qaeda leaders distributed to American soldiers in Iraq.
The idea is to make it easy for soldier to remember and recognize what various enemy weapons look like.
The Israeli military said a “drone on a routine mission in northern Israel fell,” without elaborating on what it was doing nor how it was downed. It said the drone was “simple” and that there was no risk of a breach of information if it fell into enemy hands. The military said the drone fell Sunday, not Monday, and the reason for the discrepancy was not clear.
Flying robots hold all kinds of promise when operating over dry land, but what could ones that use bodies of water as a base bring to the table? With an eye on water sampling and environmental monitoring, scientists at Imperial College London have developed a robot inspired by the flying fish, in that it can generate enough power to launch itself out of the water and glide through the air as a way of overcoming obstacles in its path.
The team at Imperial College London has been exploring the possibilities of bio-inspired water robots for some time now.
Lost in the debate over gun safety is a technology that will force us to consider new ways to keep people safe: 3D-printable guns.
Until now, the gun safety debate has focused on balancing the legitimate rights of sportsmen and other law-abiding gun owners with keeping firearms out of unsafe hands – criminals, terrorists, and other prohibited purchasers. We’ve made progress. In February, a new majority in Congress passed long-overdue legislation to require universal background checks and close the Charleston loophole, which would lengthen the background check review period.
If you are in the business of robbing people, I’m pretty sure you aren’t racking up the karma points. And that shows true for one man in Baltimore, MD Saturday night.
He attempted to rob two men around 11:14 PM, reportedly with a BB gun. Unfortunately for him, these two men we armed with…
In late 2016, scientists aboard the U.K. research ship James Cook arrived 500 kilometers off the coast of northwest Africa, seeking two treasures joined by a curse.
Submerged 1 kilometer beneath the ship, in permanent darkness and crushing pressure, was a dead volcano, the Tropic Seamount. One treasure bloomed on its flanks: an otherworldly, multicolored forest. Curled, pale sponges that looked like potato chips the size of dinner plates grew there, as did spindly white…
Recently, the U.S. Navy announced plans to commission the world’s largest autonomous naval vessel, clearly building on the successes they’ve had with the Sea Hunter program — a drone warship purpose built to aid in hunting encroaching enemy submarines. This week, the Pentagon announced that they had reached yet another major milestone in aquatic drone warfare, using a combination of two unmanned systems to clear an underwater minefield.
According to the Navy, they recently completed a…
The US Navy released the Request for Proposal (RfP) for its first block of Large Unmanned Surface Vessels (LUSVs), on 5 September.
The navy is seeking multiple conceptual designs from industry that integrate common Government Furnished Equipment systems with commercially derived platforms in order to mature specifications and cost estimates to inform the detail design and construction RfPs.
LUSVs of this configuration will be procured starting in 2021 with competitive detail design and construction contract awards.
You’re pinned down somewhere in Afghanistan, stuck in a fierce firefight with insurgents, and one of your men is down and badly in need of medical help.
You can’t call in a helicopter because you don’t have control of the LZ, but you can save your buddy’s life … if only you had some blood plasma.
Within minutes, a drone sweeps down from above, at high speed, landing right next to your position — and a life is saved, because of a “blood drop.”
Transporting blood by drone matches the strengths and constraints of small uncrewed aerial systems.
South Korea seeks to deploy first-aid drones at popular mountains next year to deliver emergency medical supplies to victims on time, officials said Friday. The state-run Korea National Park Service (KNPS) said it plans to introduce 32 “ambulance drones” at 16 national mountain parks across the country next year.
About 2.08 billion won (US$1.75 million) has been allocated for the project in the 2020 government budget proposal, the agency affiliated with the Ministry of Environment said. The KNPS has operated such a drone on a trial basis at Mount Bukhan in and around Seoul since December 2018.… Source
DA: Ghost guns becoming more of a problem in Syracuse CNYcentral.com
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says ghost guns are becoming a big issue in Syracuse. Although ghost guns are legal, he’s astonished as …
Belgrade announced Tuesday it would buy nine Pterodactyl-1 armed drones from Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, but might go as far as purchasing 15 more.
“The Chinese have very good pilotless aircraft, probably second only to the United States,” Miroslav Lazanski, a Belgrade-based military analyst, said in a TV interview, according to Stars and Stripes. “They obviously copied some American systems [but] Chinese drones are very effective and very cheap.”
“This [sale] will greatly strengthen the Serbian military, which will gain capabilities it has not had in the past,” Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in a Tuesday television interview.
Audi has swapped headlights for drones in its latest futuristic vehicle concept, revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The AI:Trail quattro, an all-electric off-roader, comes with five drones which help guide drivers through dark conditions, in place of conventional low beams and high beams.
Inductive charging points are featured on the roof rack of the vehicle, where the drones can land independently.
The drones can group…
Members of the U.S. Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment recently took part in a test at the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. Personnel flying onboard an MH-47 Chinook special operations transport helicopter directly controlled an MQ-1C Gray Eagle drone, which then launched a GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition at a target.
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Key Point: The National Interest presents all of the reasons Israel is a dominant military power–over land.
Much like the Israeli Air Force, the Israeli Army came from humble—but more established—beginnings. Israel’s ground forces had their origins in the Haganah, a Zionist paramilitary force created in the early 1920s to protect Jewish interests.
The Haganah cooperated with British authorities, but turned hostile in 1944 when the Axis neared defeat and the need for a Jewish state became increasingly clear.
Additionally, BCN Drone Center points out, “these drones produce zero emissions and almost no noise.”
So if you’ve been lucky enough to spend the day on the beach in Spain recently, you may have had that classic summer experience – with a twist.
“BCN Drone Center has been training pilots from our customer, Annunzia, for such special drone application. This summer, the firm has been successfully conducting flight campaigns along the Catalan coast and the Balearic islands. Every day, more companies like LIDL, Decathlon, Carrefour or Burger King decide to switch from manned sky…
Honolulu police are taking a close look at the gun used in the weekend’s fatal shooting at Ala Moana Center.
It was not registered to the suspect — nor — apparently — to anyone else.
Un-registered, un-traceable guns are a large and growing problem for law enforcement agencies across the mainland.
The apparent discovery that the gun in this weekend’s shooting is one of those — could signal a worrisome development in hawaii.
Court documents show that the officer who found shooting suspect Kapono Miranda — recognized the handgun as being…