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''' STEALTH - { ARMY } - 


THE STARK CONCLUSION  is   -America's arsenal has become so small and lethal, that they don't need the U.S. Army   -Or any other   ''military service''   at all.

The other conclusion is that I doubt very much, if America is  interested in,  ''to field and wield''   -its armed forces-  anymore. Future will soon  tell you all this.

THE HOT MILITARY trend is something the U.S. Department of Defence isn't exactly known for : economy.

It's a new era, indeed.   Drones are getting more powerful. more accurate and a lot smaller : 

Improved Stealth : Better radar absorbing coatings as well as improved electronic defenses will give next gen drones a better chance when flying through hostile airspace.

Better Intel  : Just as photo resolution keeps improving on camera phones, drone sensors will grab ever sharper images and comb through tons of data before delivering the intelligence needed to warrant pulling the trigger.

Bigger Bang : The Predator  C Avenger can be armed with  900 Kg bombs, four times the size of those carried by the Predator B Reaper.

More Power :  Better engines will permit drones to go faster and carry more. The next generation, Predator, the jet-powered Avenger, will be capable of flying 800 km/h,  about  50% faster than the turboprop powered Reaper.

Greater Accuracy : New missiles will carry  inertial measurement units, enabling drones to attack targets that are behind them. The drones will employ new radar and laserimaging  to bolster accuracy.
Today's generals and admirals want weapons that are smaller,  remote-controlled and bristling with intelligence.

In short, more drones that can tightly target  terrorists, deliver larger payloads, and are some of the best spies U.S. has ever produced,  even if they occasionally get captured in Iran or crash on landing at secret bases.

Drones had a big years in 2011 -12  -13- 14-.

And their stock continues to rise because another big buzzword  is '' total persistence'':

The ability of a drone or satellite to simply stare at a target until a something noteworthy happens.

The  workhorses  at  the  U.S.'s growing drone force are the:

.- MQ-1 Predator

.- MQ-9 Reaper.

Unlike humans, these weapons don't need sleep,  although each drone requires a ground crew of   180  people:

To pilot the aircraft. to operate its sensors, analyze the data it collects and handle maintenance. 

The U.S, has about  7000   drones flying more hours than manned attack planes and more and more pilots are being trained to operate them than the manned spacecraft.

But if drones are a bargain compared with  jet fighters,  they are also becoming more vulnerable.

The latest  Reapers   cost  $8 million each and can be shot down by a decent air-defense system or network or-

Waylaid by  jamming  or hacking.

The  U.S. edge in such technology is waning.

So scientists and engineers  in  skunkworks  across America are busy honing drone  2.0  technology, covered in the beginning of this writing, which will be able to deliver bigger payloads and operate with greater stealth:

Which in turn,  is a reminder that any conversation about the  wisdom  of relying on these weapons always lags the technology that makes them possible.  

The CIA,  which used to be limited to derringers and exploding cigars, is now not very secretly flying drones.

With little public acknowledgement and minimal congressional oversight, these clandestine warriors have killed some   2400  people   identified as terrorists lurking in and as:

Shadows around the globe since  9/11.

The tally will continue to rise every year as the war enters different dimensions, different locations and different  Geo-strategic horizons.
With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

'' Greater Peace '''

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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