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August 11, 2005

WarPorn Bukkake

Love getting emails from DefenseTech.

Army Chooses New T-3 Hunter-Killer Unmanned Armed Drone:

Defense News notes that "unlike Predator, the ERMP will be able to take off and land automatically" -- handing off the trickiest parts of piloting a drone to a computer. Which means that the ERMP can be flown by young enlisted men, instead of by the ex-fighter pilots, who now operate the Predator fleet.

And it can stay airborn for 72 hours. The Predator can't manage even a day.

"Open Source Insurgency:" The internet means that terrorcraft no longer need be disseminated in training classes in small cells. Now terrorcraft is open to all, just a mouseclick away.

LAPD's New Super Sonic Stunner:

Since the early part of last year, U.S. soldiers and marines have been experimenting with a series of sonic blasters in Iraq. The Long Range Acoustic Devices, or "LRADs," can broadcast messages hundreds of yards away -- or be ear-splittingly loud at close range. The New York Police Department also had the devices at the ready during the Republican National Convention, although it's unclear whether the LRADs were actually used or not.

Last week, the L.A. Sheriff's Department tested out an acoustic transmitter that makes earlier models look like "childrens' toys" in comparison, LASD Commander Sid Heal, a world-renowned expert in non-lethal weaponry, tells Defense Tech.

On Thursday, August 4th, we put the magnetic acoustic device (I'm not sure it has a name yet, so this one will have to do for now) to the test on one of our ranges... Using a variety of sounds from human voice to music to sound effects (screams, shouts, gunfire, sirens, and the like), we succeeded in listening to the sounds from the transmitter located one statue mile in the distance!

Gee, I just can't wait until they come down in price and people can put them in the back of their Escalades.

Finally, I don't like this guy's snarky take, but I'm glad that more athletes are getting involved in politics.

Former 49'ers linebacker is now a "cheerleader" for anti-ballistic missile systems.



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