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16 January 2012 @ 05:26 pm

I have won a kind of secondary immortality in this headline from truthout:

The Crash and Burn Future of Robot Warfare: What Seventy Downed Drones Tell Us About the New American Way of War

“Crash and burn” was the wry motto of the robot warriors in my movie-not-my-title ROBOT JOX.  I took it from a greeting between motorcycle riders in Daytona Speed Week.


Michael LillieMichael Lillie on January 18th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)

Having read the article the headline comes from, I find its' contents very interesting and a little biased. The writer tries to make a point that because of the "unreliable" nature of drone aircraft, money and resources are being wasted on "larger conceptual flaws" in the programs using this technology. I'm not saying that aircraft of this type couldn't be improved, but costs associated with all losses from the various drone programs, based upon statements in the article; don't approach the cost of even one current generation "manned" fighter aircraft.

What I would like to see is how many lives have been saved from using this technology, and then state with conviction that drone technology is not justified.

This comment comes from someone who retired from the United States Air Force, after a career as a crew person flying Airborne Reconnaissance missions (see picture, and try to guess the plane lol)

Edited at 2012-01-18 02:12 am (UTC)