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Droned At Sea; Navy Launches First Unmanned Jet From Aircraft Carrier

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For the first time in naval history, a unmanned stealth drone (the bat-wing X-47B) was launched from an aircraft carrier. As Reuters reports, the launch from the USS George H.W. Bush marks an important step toward expanded use of drones in "providing very long range stealth" capabilities. Seen as a potential answer to the threat of medium-range anti-ship missiles developed by China and Iran; with a range of 2000 nautical miles the X-47B is "strategically very important." Because of its long range and the Navy's need to have it take off and land, day and night, from an aircraft carrier, the X-47B has been designed to operate with far greater autonomy than the remotely piloted aircraft currently in use. That has raised concerns among some organizations worried about the heavy U.S. reliance on drones in warfare and the rising use of autonomous robots by the American military; but Rear Admiral Ted Branch sees it as a "red letter day... we all saw history happen."


The drone in action...





Via Reuters,

The U.S. Navy made aviation history on Tuesday by launching an unmanned jet off an aircraft carrier for the first time, taking an important step toward expanded use of drones by the American military with an eye on possible rivals like China and Iran.


The bat-winged X-47B stealth drone roared off the USS George H.W. Bush near the coast of Virginia and flew a series of pre-programmed maneuvers around the ship before veering away toward a Naval air station in Maryland where it was scheduled to land.




Because of its stealth potential and a range nearly twice that of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the X-47B and its successors are seen as a potential answer to the threat posed by medium-range anti-ship missiles developed by China and Iran, defense analysts said.


The missiles and other so-called anti-access, area-denial weapons would force U.S. aircraft carriers to operate far enough from shore that piloted aircraft would have to undergo refueling to carry out their missions, leaving them vulnerable to attack.


But with a range of 2,000 nautical miles, an unmanned jet like the X-47B could give the Navy both a long-range strike and reconnaissance capability.


"That makes it strategically very important," said Anthony Cordesman, a senior defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He described the drone as "essentially a really long-range stealth system."


"As we rebalance to the Pacific, the Navy is going to increasingly need range," said Brien Alkire, a senior researcher at RAND's Project Air Force. "That's something an unmanned system can bring them that they don't really have right now and give them the ability to operate from a good standoff range.




Future variants of the drone could probably be designed for full-spectrum broadband stealth, which means it would be hard for radar to locate it, analysts said. That level of stealth would be one of the drone's major defenses.




Because of its long range and the Navy's need to have it take off and land, day and night, from an aircraft carrier, the X-47B has been designed to operate with far greater autonomy than the remotely piloted aircraft currently in use.


That has raised concerns among some organizations worried about the heavy U.S. reliance on drones in warfare and the rising use of autonomous robots by the American military.


Human Rights Watch, in a report launching its recent campaign against "killer robots," cited the X-47B as one of several weapons that represent a transition toward development of fully autonomous arms that require little human intervention.





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Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:31 | 3563022 LetThemEatRand
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I'm thinking this is definitely the brooding, remorseful Bat Wing.  

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:34 | 3563036 General Decline
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A lethal, conscienceless killing machine launched from the HW Bush? How appropriate.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:37 | 3563049 LetThemEatRand
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It probably releases a "mission accomplished" banner when it kills children.  Because it's all for the children.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:40 | 3563063 chumbawamba
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But can they land it?

I am Chumbawamba.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:46 | 3563085 erg
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Humans are obsolete.

Signed, The Globalists

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:48 | 3563090 RideTheWalrus
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Next phase: Unmanned aircraft carriers that can launch unmanned jets,

Signed, Skynet

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:53 | 3563114 General Decline
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Ha. Beat me to it.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:12 | 3563178 francis_sawyer
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Next: Unmanned PLANET with drones just bombing the shit out of wamprats & HFT algos taking the Dow to daily new highs...

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:37 | 3563268 prains
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tough time to be brown, poor fuckers......

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 00:19 | 3563551 TwoShortPlanks
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Beautiful priorities: Drones and Food Stamps.

Next step:

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 00:42 | 3563632 old naughty
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Drones and Flattops...

Two physical assets buildup to turn the economy around ?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:43 | 3563287 Angus McHugepenis
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What...??? No droning of "CheesePopes"??

Francis, you are cunning linguist! I can't stop laughing!

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:54 | 3563325 prains
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I thought Franc was pimping a new chip

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:43 | 3563289 Jumbotron
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The future was fortold in 2005.......



Wed, 05/15/2013 - 00:17 | 3563582 chumbawamba
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That was gay.


The words above are used as defined in the Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language Second Edition Unabridged (1936).

I am Chumabwamba.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:54 | 3563750 Wile-E-Coyote
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Next phase: Unmanned aircraft carriers that can launch unmanned jets...... to hunt down the human race, love Skynet.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 00:24 | 3563606 palmereldritch
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And launched from the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush no less.

Apparently the U.S.S. Pol Pot had a prior engagement

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:54 | 3563745 ersatzteil
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And the U.S.S. 1980's Saddam Hussein is on it's way to gas Iran to freedom with logistics support from the Ronald Reagan.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 09:16 | 3564306 Bangin7GramRocks
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Soon enough, pilots will be in the unemployment line next to radio DJ's.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:10 | 3563123 Lore
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Fascinating.  Let freedom bells ring.  What's the price tag?

The Iranians will never add THIS one to their collection.  Anyway, they're building their own: 

Iran unveils ‘Epic’ new drone (10-May)

How long before we see robot-piloted passenger flights? ....Never mind.

We've come a long way from the days when two sick assholes could settle a disagreement by having a scrap without involving other people.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:18 | 3563212 MythicalFish
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Revell stock surges on huge Iranian order..

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:19 | 3563213 thisandthat
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Don't worry, Iranian Revolutionary Guard is on duty 24/7...

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:45 | 3563075 nmewn
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Whats the drone kill score card between Bush & Obama?

As an aside...

"Cruz asked Holder if the Constitution allowed the federal government to kill a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil who doesn't pose an imminent threat. Holder said the situation was hypothetical, but he did not think that in that situation the use of a drone or lethal force would be appropriate. Cruz criticized Holder for not simply saying 'no' in response."

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:51 | 3563102 espirit
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We all know [place] Holder is a lying cunt.  My appologies to non-lying cunts.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:52 | 3563107 General Decline
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"Whats the drone kill score card between Bush & Obama?" Good point. They better get going on building the USS Obama right away.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:58 | 3563128 nmewn
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Paid for by more debt issuance, making it even more despicable.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 00:28 | 3563616 palmereldritch
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No point.

He has so many people carrying water for him that they will never be able to find a suitable place for launch.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 07:40 | 3564093 TheObsoleteMan
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The USS.OBAMA. Built "somewhere" overseas, and delivered to Bath, Maine, where they will swear to God that was where it was built. The skipper will be a lesbian, seeing how Obama has a fetish for them.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:06 | 3563153 Dyhana
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I'd say something about drones and that "lying sack of shit, leave myself an out" piss ant Holder in a wishful thinking type scenario, but I might get on (another) list somewhere.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:48 | 3563087 Dyhana
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A lethal, conscienceless killing machine launched from the HW Bush?

Hah. Beat me to it.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:42 | 3563068 Buck Johnson
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Wait until one of those are hacked.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:58 | 3563126 yogibear
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This presents a challenge for the Chinese and Russians. Once it's hacked they have a whole fleet of aircraft to use.

One thing about technology, there is always a way to circumvent it.

The US broke the Japanese code in WWII, which helped defeat it. 

The Russians have some very smart scientist as well as do the Chinese. There are so many Chinese nationals working all over the US defense industry. They probably already know how to take over and control them.


Wed, 05/15/2013 - 08:59 | 3564250 youngman
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They already have a satellite killer in place....

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:54 | 3563748 Kirk2NCC1701
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So, let me think... what US company is famed for making the Comm system for so much of US avionics? Hmmm, could it be a certain Rock solid company somewhere in the Midwest, not too far from Francis? That'd be my bet. :-)

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:03 | 3563142 Slightly Insane
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Just think .... the drone could have been launched from the Chinese Junk called the BH Obama.  The drone would attain an attack elevation of 500 feet and within a minute would fire upon itself!  this is what we have to look forward to ....   Saileors FORWARD to the Poop Deck.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:33 | 3563029 indio007
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Droned at sea! HAHHA hehe heh I see what you did there !... meh........


Love you Tyler <3

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:54 | 3563117 espirit
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Hey, now at least those navy pukes can shoot at something other then passenger airliners.

/no sarc/

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:35 | 3563030 otto skorzeny
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how the fuck is this thing going to stop sunburn missiles skimming a few feet above the  top of the waves at mach 2.1? soon big fat slow carriers will be as obsolete as battleships were proven to be in WWII

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:39 | 3563056 Cheater5
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Easy.  Increased standoff capability for the carrier.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:59 | 3563132 Lore
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You think this thing might intercept incoming missiles?  Love to see that.  Very impressive if true.  Pardon my skepticism.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:04 | 3563147 Z_End
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Correct Sir!

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:28 | 3563242 thisandthat
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at 2000 nmiles range (3700km) you have to wonder what you need ACs for...

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 02:03 | 3563765 Kirk2NCC1701
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You need them for Big Budgets. And to "project power". Before we had drones. Or Rise of the Drones, and its sequel Drone Wars.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:33 | 3564601 americanspirit
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Once they get the extended range thingy worked out for little batwing those carriers won't have to leave home port. If fact the crew can all go on shore leave and the carrier can just sit there at the pier and launch away. I think we need to build a lot more carriers - they are obviously the weapons system of the future.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:40 | 3563060 earleflorida
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Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:07 | 3563156 Slightly Insane
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Otto, where have you been?   This has been the case ever since the Cole got blasted.  Those things are floating coffins ..... actually dude they throw a shit ton of hot metal in the sky .... it's called shaff.  That's as long as someone doesn't have to call Washington for a Benghazi event ..... then they are just like a duck on the pond getting hit with a 10 ga.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:07 | 3563157 ersatzteil
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I don't think they care. Aegis AESA's can detect Sunburn's at - what - 15 miles from the ship? That gives them 25 seconds to lock, run the math and find a firing solution. 

It's hilarious to see how this system sends the Pentagon into hysterics - remember that Navy saber rattling in the Pacific after China got their Sunburn-launching Sovremmeny destroyers from Russia?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:21 | 3563424 otto skorzeny
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Many have underestimated the Russian Bear.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 02:23 | 3563792 Kirk2NCC1701
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They used what I call the 'Matador' chess gambit on would-be conquerors like Napoleon and Hitler: death by exsanguination. Bleeding out.

The Empire is bleeding out dollars. With Bernanke providing the transfusion packs.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:34 | 3563032 djsmps
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We are all fucked.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:08 | 3563162 Slightly Insane
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Hey dummy, better start working on a solution.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:16 | 3563349 prains
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if not a solution, at least a lotion

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:28 | 3563706 Tijuana Donkey Show
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I use the lotion to rub out a solution.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:34 | 3563033 Cortez the Killer
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Drop some bombs on the muzzies

Yeah, you right!

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:37 | 3563047 lolmao500
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You are the muzzie, slave. You think those drones won't be used against you? Lol!

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:38 | 3563053 Cortez the Killer
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Is calling someone a slave just a substitute for the Nigger word?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:48 | 3563093 General Decline
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I think he's calling you a slave because he is pretty sure you're not part of the .001% upper elites. If your not part if that group then you are a slave.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:08 | 3563371 GoinFawr
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-Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:35 | 3563038 Iocosus
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Coincidentally, tonight, at 7:30PM I witnessed a drone traversing the blue skies of Queens, NY flanked by two planes. It's happening fast....

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:39 | 3563057 General Decline
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The bold police state tactics are accelerating at an ever increase pace as of late. Interesting times we live in. How's the preps going?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:49 | 3563084 Iocosus
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Stocking food and water, however, if no one else here is preparing, what's the point? Even if they were, NYPD would confiscate it. I am contemplating going the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle route when the SHTF. Actually, there is a whole civilization right this minute living under Manhattan.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:59 | 3563131 General Decline
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Sometimes I wonder if being in the middle of a large city might be wise if you play it right. You can become virtually undetectable in that scenario. Like you said - underground and blending in with the others. If you got a 100 acre farm with a wind generator, crops and live stock, you become an obvious target for the parasites. Governmental and non governmental parasites.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:30 | 3563170 Iocosus
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It's going to begin like Mad Max and end just like The Lord of the Flies.


Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:00 | 3563136 booboo
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just remember, Mayor Goonberg frowns on 32 oz Sewer Slurpies. Instead try to dig up 2 16 oz used Starbucks Grande's and dip away.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:25 | 3563230 yabyum
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Yes,locus, but would you want the to date your daughter!

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:42 | 3563281 prains
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dude if you think stocking food and h20 in queens nyc is a solution then i bid you 



Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:59 | 3563338 Iocosus
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Your suggestions are welcome. (I have defense provisions, 'nuff said)

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:14 | 3563391 prains
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population density is your biggest issue, when SHTF the greater the pop'n the greater the number of variables you have to contend with. Defence is a finite tactic, all siege warfare is a testiment to its failure as a tactic. population scarcity is what you need and trying to time that down to a last minute bug out is again failure. 

if you truly believe in what is to come position yourself now in a place that is less than three tanks of gas away from as few as people as possible in as harsh a climate as possible.

If you can't do that then again adieu

I know it's easy to write this stuff anonymously but I have three kids and a wife and this is exactly what i've done, they just don't know it yet. Three tanks of gas, that is the most you have to be nowhere. I'm just not gonna tell you where that is

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:22 | 3563426 Iocosus
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there will be nowehere to run. look what hovers in the skies watching everything with thermal imaging. my first instinct will be to run to the Catskills and I can if the NYPD doesn't shut the bridges (they will). hopefully, there is some sane Patriots in the Pentagon who will surprise us, but that's just me yearning for justice.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:53 | 3563528 prains
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take a look at a map, it is very very 



why do americans think so sma;;ll ??

trapped in your own ignorance, and that's how the oligarchs like you.......v v v v v small thinkers


catskills, man WTF ?? you'll be made into bourbon in a week

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:36 | 3563045 Row Well Number 41
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I'm guessing not compliant with the "Three laws".


Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:37 | 3563048 Dr. Engali
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There was a time when new technology fascinated me. Leave it to the military industrial complex to ruin it.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:43 | 3563072 General Decline
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Indeed. I'm am still interested in how the twin towers were dustified. We prolly won't lay our eyes on the that technology that DARPA came up with to accomplish that for at least another 20 years.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:52 | 3563108 Iocosus
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There are some who claim they were brought down with mini-nukes.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:54 | 3563115 ersatzteil
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Underground atomic explosion; it "crashes" the above building up to about 75% of height from the shockwave, and then the weight of the top collapses the thing into the weapon's crater. The technology has been around since the 1950's as a cheap, effecient way to dismantle high-rises.

Google Dimitri Khazelov + nuclear demoliton

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:06 | 3563151 General Decline
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I wonder if anybody has walked around ground zero with a Geiger counter?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:12 | 3563181 ersatzteil
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No need; look at the cancer and sickness rates in 9?11 first responders.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:53 | 3563318 General Decline
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Asbestos? Fine concrete dust? Very bad for your health.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:47 | 3563728 ersatzteil
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For respiratory issues, sure. But all the instances of prostate and thyroid and blood cell cancers? Dosing out potassium iodide pills would have been too obvious I suppose.

You can search online and find reports of Tritium levels 55x above standard background levels in the vicinity of ground zero. Ground zero, coincidentally, was coined during the Manhattan Project as the direct point of the bomb.

Tritium decays as a beta-emitter and will cause aforementioned cancers if ingested.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:59 | 3563752 Element
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I don't get what you're saying. You realize that a shockwave intense enough to take-out 3/4 of the WTC towers would leave not a single window intact over the whole on Manhattan Island? Let alone in the building beside it. Which means there were no nukes involved--period. Not to mention you'd have maybe 25k severely burned and dieing people, with numerous cases of severe retinal damage, and the videos show nothing even remotely like that, from any angle.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:22 | 3564544 Overfed
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You wouldn't have retinal burns, or propagating shock wave from an underground detonation.

That said, I'm still not sold on the mini-nuke idea. Probably something much more conventional. Definitely not jet fuel (kerosene).

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 14:16 | 3565648 Element
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Wrong, you would definitely have a propagating shock wave, the transmits shock waves, plus a very powerful shock wave will emerge above the detonation. Have a look at underwater test videos, the shock wave emerges almost immediately and couples with the air and creates an extremely intense horizontal traveling shock wave. You can also see this occurring with even a 2000lb HE conventional earth penetration bomb. There is a massive shock wave propagated into the air from large shallow buried explosions. There would be not one window left intact in Manhattan if any size nuke was involved.

And depending on the depth of burial, a fireball of around a million degrees would emerge as well. Maybe not flash issues, but definitely broken windows everywhere and cracks is surviving surrounding buildings, a lot of charred humans, and a definite observation of a major shock wave effects, and sound and an ejecta plume shooting up and away from the bases of the buildings. None observed.

It was indeed conventional chemical reactions, thermals, and low-speed explosives.

I watched a video a couple of years ago with a pro highrise demolition expert, he gave his name and full credentials and his company and experience level and the sorts of techniques they use, and he said to flat out to camera that as soon as he saw the building fall he could see immediately that it was a conventional controlled demolition, as the building would never collapse like that any other way. He was not starry eyed, just very matter of fact about it, so I'll take his professional word for that - a conventional sequenced demolition.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 18:00 | 3566635 ersatzteil
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The way I understand it, the warhead is placed deep underneath the base of the building, the depth depending on subterranean composition and warhead yield. The immediate radius of the blast (variable) vaporizes the ground in an egg shape that extends vertically. This is surrounded by a "crash" zone - it's not vaporized, but the shockwave pounds it into the appearance of a sand castle - while it may look like it's preserved, the slightest pressure will cause it to collapse into dust. 

This crashing shockwave is specifically engineered to target the base of the building and extend up the skyscraper, but not completely. The top of the building, preserved structurally, overcomes the "crashed" parts, and collapses at free-fall speed into the ground. The actual "hole" made by the weapon is even deeper, and the concrete and earth effectively entomb the radiated material giving minimum readings. Small enough to walk around and not receive unsafe doses, but climbing around in rubble immediately after poses obvious health risks.

It's been used many times by the Russians to seal out-of-control natural gas leaks. They drill a tunnel at an angle to the original drill extraction point, deploy the warhead and detonate. It plugs the leak and preserves the well for further mining. Afterwards they monitor the area for radiation, typically higher than background levels but within safety levels.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 18:39 | 3566857 MeelionDollerBogus
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No radiation detected. None above background. No gamma, no alpha, no beta. Thermal infrared on the spot, yes, underground thermite burning for 30 days after sep 11th. No cerenkov blue light, nothing like an atomic device. If it was it would have wiped out the ENTIRE city not just a building. I think you don't understand the scale of what fission bombs actually do.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 22:28 | 3567668 ersatzteil
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I should specify between atmospheric and subterranean. A 150kt thermonuclear warhead will creat a hole 300' in diameter if detonated deep in granite rock. That's roughly the height of the Statue of Liberty. 

Most of the energy released is in X-rays, and above ground these are absorbed by- and heat- the immediately surrounding air into a fireball. Underground, they are absorbed by rock and earth just as effectively as radioactive waste is contained in disposal mines.

We seem to be differing on the means of explosives used. Tritium at fifty times normal indicates a nuclear weapon, but I am open to other possibilities...but the "crashed" and petrified appearance of the WTC during collapse is indicative of a nuclear blast's shock effects.

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 22:07 | 3574995 MeelionDollerBogus
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To me it looks consistent with the total momentum impact of the building that was on the spot, nothing nuclear. Many more buildings would be missing if it was nuclear and it certainly wouldn't be 1-2-7 because 7 wasn't next to 1 and 2.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:38 | 3563052 earleflorida
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it not worth shit, if it ain't got an aircraft carrier to land on or a platform for refueling,... 

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:18 | 3563210 ersatzteil
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As opposed to...any other carrier-based thing that flies.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:40 | 3563275 Element
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The autonomous refueling capability on this UCAV was developed using a Superhornet ... I've seen video of a superhornet flying in and catching a drogue, it works, and is very stable, day or night.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:37 | 3563267 Element
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It has a fully robotic automated refueling autopilot system, it also takes off and lands itself, and moves around the deck autonomously (no I'm not kidding you). The article is misleading also, they have been testing and flying prototypes of this aircraft for a long time now.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:21 | 3563423 1C3-N1N3
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they have been testing and flying prototypes of this aircraft for a long time now.

When I saw the third picture below the video, I thought that I'd seen this thing before. Silently hovering over Pittsburgh in 2011. I was walking down East Liberty with one of my roommates and he looks up and says, "The fuck is that thing?" Then I waved at it.

I'm sure it remembers me, too.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:40 | 3563061 Yen Cross
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   Where's 'Jennifer Garner', when you need her?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:04 | 3563148 Lore
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LOL!  Awful movie.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:40 | 3563062 The Thunder Child
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I hope it crashes spectacularily and ruins the flight deck on its first attempted carrier landing.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:50 | 3563100 ersatzteil
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Give it the ole' Wet-Start McCain treatment.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 16:44 | 3566384 12ToothAssassin
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Id rather it got the Cheney duck hunting treatment personally.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:52 | 3563109 DangerClams
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But no one gets hurt, right?


Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:28 | 3563220 The Thunder Child
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Being it is unmanned I would hope nobody to get hurt, I just want the project to fail miserably and take carrier operations out for 6 months. It's success will mean many many more murdered innocents then a flight deck accident. If US air bases were compramised during a revolution or civil war this nasty thing would be used against you.


P.S. I didn't downvote you, I think your missplaced assumption on my lack of human compassion will do that for you

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:43 | 3563073 Possible Impact
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A good book on the subject:

Kill Decision is a science fiction novel by Daniel Suarez published in 2012. It deals with themes of espionage, artificial intelligence, and warfare using robots and drones. The story deals with the fictional scenario where insurgents have created automated drones that identify enemies and make the decision to kill them (the 'Kill Decision' ) without human intervention.

Kill decision' is a military term for the sanction to use lethal force. For all of human history, kill decisions havebeen in human hands—but that’s about to change.

It’s no secret that America relies on remotely piloted drones to target adversaries overseas. But fifty other nations are developing drones of their own, and the next generation will be much scarier: autonomous machines that acquire and destroy targets without direct human intervention.

In KILL DECISION, Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist whose research focuses on African weaver ants—one of the most organized and aggressive species on Earth. The chemical-based communication of weaver ants allows vast colonies to act as a single, collective intelligence, killing anything that enters their territory. What McKinney doesn’t know is that her research has been stolen by unknown forces who have co-opted her software models to power an army of autonomous swarming machines—and recent attacks on the U.S. homeland give some indication where that swarm might be released.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:53 | 3563113 Dyhana
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Hope they get that invisibility cloak perfected.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 00:04 | 3563562 ForTheWorld
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I recommend you read his first two books, Daemon and Freedom (if you haven't already). They take the theme of systems automation to a fantastic level.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:50 | 3563101 noless
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Just buy stocks, bullish for central control.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:52 | 3563106 Cognitive Dissonance
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So.....Skynet is sentient?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:12 | 3563182 Dr. Engali
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Judging by the control sky net has over the market , and it's ability to react as quick as it does I'm going to say its pretty damn close.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:44 | 3563293 prains
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we're at about "skyblanket" but skynet is the next version for sure

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:14 | 3563396 erg
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Wait for it! My goto phrase.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:53 | 3563112 Fuku Ben
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It's going to have a red light in the window that moves back and forth

And the voice response systems were recorded by William Daniels

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:10 | 3563169 General Decline
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And David Hasselhoff will never get to ride in it.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 21:55 | 3563119 blindman
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oh joy, when will we see the first replicant self destruct
on command by remote consensual vibe? oh joy !

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:01 | 3563139 ThisIsBob
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The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:03 | 3563143 Yen Cross
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   Throw that fiat chaff on a few CODs , and fly them out to the Ronald Reagan. (CVN-76) for a proper funeral...

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:04 | 3563149 Cabreado
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Great to see such brainpower and cooperation go towards a successful project.

So then... we continue to see with our own eyes what we're capable of...

and from there it's nothing but a blink or a breath to see how we're actively involved in channeling our intelligence and fortitude towards our own destruction.

It takes more than war-hungry decision makers and their suppliers...

it takes active participants at all levels to destroy...

and not a single one has a clue what they are doing, outside their own little place and position.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:11 | 3563173 e_goldstein
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It seems the Navy was more successful than the Montgomery County Sherrif's department: 

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:11 | 3563177 Seasmoke
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Obama just came in Reggie's mouth.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:24 | 3563188 Element
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What a complete crock! The US does not need a fucking drone to drop bombs, or else to launch hundreds of JASSM or JASSM-ER stealthy cruise missiles from USAF B1 or B2 bomber, delivered ANYWHERE they're needed.

This drone is a wasteful duplication of other capabilities elsewhere in the arsenal, both the strike and recon capability, is available from a multitude of other current highly-effective options. The US has been able to effectively strike anywhere, for 60 'effing years! And there's little indication this changed recently, or soon may, so this platform is completely unnecessary.

And so much for the US having a JOINT OPERATIONS combat force parafuckingdigm - how laughable!  What, the USN can't get the USAF to recon, or make effective timely attacks? So, it HAS to be the Navy, does it?

Then why have a fucking navy linked to a   N E T W O R K E D   A I R  F O R C E ?!?


So don't get sucked-in by this glossy Pentagon + Industrial-defense-complex's mindfuckery to 'secure' you.  

Because the real target its hunting is ... your wallet ... "please! ... don't cut me bro!"

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:28 | 3563243 lolmao500
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While it's still getting hotter around Japan...

Japan PM warns of possible military response to subs

Hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday Tokyo could mount a military response if foreign submarines enter its territorial waters while underwater, as Japan and China continue to squabble over islands.

Abe's comment came after Japan's Defence Ministry said a submerged vessel was spotted in the contiguous waters -- a 12 nautical mile strip outside territorial waters -- near one of Japan's Okinawa islands, from late Sunday to early Monday.

The government would not confirm media reports it was a Chinese sub.

"These are serious acts. If (submarines) enter our territorial waters while underwater, we would have to implement maritime security action," Abe told parliament Tuesday.

He did not clarify further, but the form of words he used may indicate that the Defence Minister could order action by Japan's Self Defense Forces.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:53 | 3563310 Element
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The Chinese have done this many times before, I remember an instance in about 2005, they localized and tracked a HAN SSN with aircraft-launched sonobuoys for about 36 hours. It happened again not long after that instance. The Japs have a fierce airborne and also ship-based anti-sub capability, plus impressive SSKs.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:43 | 3563286 chump666
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So what, China develops sophisticated EMPs.  Drones are toys of a post empire. 

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:55 | 3563327 August
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Drones are the weapon of choice for a regime whose subject population is increasingly unwilling to fight for it.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:53 | 3563526 chump666
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That is a good point.

But China is getting ready though, drones are useless with an all out EMP attack say over the South China Sea.  China for a long time has been trying to figure out how to cripple the US navy.  EMPs will do the job.


Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:29 | 3563707 Hengist
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The military can shield it's electronics so an EMP won't work, unless of course they bought the shielding from China which is highly likely considering the USA is run by retards.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 18:32 | 3566822 MeelionDollerBogus
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These can be made EMP-proof.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:51 | 3563314 tony wilson
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bush,blair and barry obama freedom.

depleted uranium cancer givers.

doing it fot the kids

doing it to the kids

democracy bombs and ass rape in the whitehouse.

franklin scandal style.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:52 | 3563316 August
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God Bless the USA!

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 23:00 | 3563342 IridiumRebel
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The bat wing is also a service industry scrotal maneuver.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 00:22 | 3563603 Yen Cross
Wed, 05/15/2013 - 00:28 | 3563614 geologyguy
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Someone wake me up when SKYNET goes self-aware.  Looks like we are on our way however.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 01:57 | 3563755 q99x2
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Because of drones there ain't going to be a politician safe on the planet. There are some serious fools out there.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 02:28 | 3563808 Joe A
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Well, if someone manage to hack into these drones then they can turn them into stealth kamikaze machines

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 04:20 | 3563879 Essential Intel...
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Detailed scenarios for the upcoming naval resource wars, geopolitics,weapons and tactics published by us at the time , available here:

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 04:33 | 3563895 Sudden Debt
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Wed, 05/15/2013 - 06:17 | 3563970 world_debt_slave
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OOOOO,AHHH, WOW, now read Smedley Butler's book called "War is a Racket"

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 07:13 | 3564037 lordbyroniv
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Wed, 05/15/2013 - 09:31 | 3564350 Eugend66
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Fuck the joystick warriors.

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:42 | 3564643 Vooter
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Oh, YAY! I can't wait until we have another war, so that thousands and thousands of tattoed Jesusland monkeys get maimed and killed. LOLOLOLOLOL...sign up now, retards!

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 18:30 | 3566806 MeelionDollerBogus
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These are all people who clearly didn't watch Terminator 1 to 3 or anything from the more recent Battlestar Galactica series...

Killer robots that are stealthed. Awesome idea. That won't ever get hacked (Iran) or turn on us.

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