|MQ-9 Reaper drone|
But of course, the usual spin line invoked by police when asked to discuss these drones is; they are here to keep you safe. We all know about that one.
But look, the drones are getting smaller, and they don't need to fly past overhead any more. They can simply hover outside your window and look in.
But that's not all ..... this is what's coming. MAVs!
They now have teeny weeny flying robots, called Micro Aerial Vehicles that are no bigger than a mosquito. These lil flyers don't carry the West Nile Virus or malaria, they are much more deadly than that.
If you are up on things like this, you may know that DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency had a pretend Hummingbird mechanical flying device, but those are way too big now. Outdated. Old tech.
Mind you, they are designed for 'search and rescue' operations, and MAVs would be used for military reconnaissance operations in urban areas, where densely packed buildings are a problem. Sure. Or like inside your house rooms or office complex. All this funded by the US Government and the US Air Force! Of course the police and military are not supposed to ally in the use of drones to observe civilians, but a sheriff called one in to help arrest three cow thieves in North Dakota. And all to 'protect' you of course, against those bad people.Yes, cow thieves.
The military's interest in cutting edge urban combat technologies is not new. In an eerily prescient 1999 report by the Foreign Military Studies Office, researchers noted that the frequency and scale of urban combat is likely to increase. (see the Last Hope post below) Yes urban combat is on the rise, and seems to be directly proportional to the technology used against the people.
The bug war is on, you may be the target, and Raid won't work.
You might want to arm yourself by carrying a fly swatter around with you.
Advanced technology doesn't win everything.