"The closest you could come plausibly [to using nonhuman primates] would be strapping explosives on an animal and sending it off," Mason told LiveScience. "To give a monkey a complex device like a rifle and say ‘We're going to train it to become a soldier’ is purely fantastical." … [Read more...] about Animal Warfare: Could the Taliban Train Monkeys to Shoot?
The game does have some quirks that reveal how tricky it is to reproduce combat realities on an imaginary platform. In online games, players always view themselves as U.S. Army soldiers and see the opposing team of players as a fictional enemy. By contrast, an upcoming commercial game "Medal of Honor" allows players to fight one another as either U.S. Army or as the Taliban insurgents of Afghanistan. … [Read more...] about For the U.S. Military, Video Games Get Serious
The September 11, 2001 attacks initiated a flurry of advances in military technology over the past decade that has helped the U.S. and its allies redefine modern warfare. None of these advancements have had a greater impact on America's missions in the Middle East than the maturation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or, more generically, drones. The U.S. Army's drone armada alone has expanded from 54 drones in October 2001, when U.S. combat operations began in Afghanistan, to more than 4,000 drones performing surveillance, reconnaissance and attack missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan (pdf). There are more than 6,000 of them throughout the U.S. military as a whole, and continued developments promise to make these controversial aircraft—blamed for the deaths of militants as well as citizens—far more intelligent and nimble. Whereas drones themselves are certainly not a new concept—their origins can be traced back to … [Read more...] about The Drone Wars: 9/11 Inspired Advances in Robotic Combat