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Ed Jewett
07-22-2010, 06:42 AM
[/URL][URL="http://www.legitgov.org/H1N1-Flu-Expo-Group-Hosts-Unmanned-Aircraft-Defense-Summit"]H1N1 Flu Expo Group Hosts Unmanned Aircraft Defense Summit (javascript:void(0)) By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org (http://www.legitgov.org/) 22 Jul 2010 Citizens For Legitimate Government (http://www.legitgov.org/) has learned that New-Fields Exhibitions (http://new-fields.com/), the previous sponsor of the 5th Iraq Aviation & Defense Summit ('Develop a business plan for the Iraqi military market') and International Swine Flu Conferences ('Mass Fatality Management Planning'), is sponsoring an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Defense and Tactics Conference (http://new-fields.com/UAS/index.php) in Washington, D.C. New-Fields offers the following description of the summit, to be held 29-30 July, 2010.
This cutting-edge conference brings together military, federal and local governments, academia and industry to discuss their plans to expand their UAS use and to address the challenges facing potential expanded use of UAS.
Presentations and Panel Discussions Include:
Integrating UA into Civil Airspace
Ground Station Command, Control, and Communications (C3)
Weapon Delivery, Weaponization Issues
Full Autonomy
Modular UAS (etc.)
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Defense and Tactics Conference (http://new-fields.com/UAS/brochures/uas_brochure.pdf)(Flyer, .pdf)
Email obtained by CLG, 19 July 2010:
Dear Colleague,
You are invited to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Defense
& Tactics Conference & Expo to be held on July 29-30, 2010 in Hilton
Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, USA.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Gen. Roger A. Brady
Director
Joint Air Power Competency Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Brig. General Robert Hedelund
Commanding General
Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (WCWL)
Hon. Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen
Former Chief of Naval Research/Former Under Secretary for Science &
Technology
Dr. Gerald Sayer
Senior Advisor
Secretary of the Air Force/Air Force Acquisition
Dr. Joel Hayward
Dean
Royal Air Force College, Kings College London
Congressman Henry Cuellar
Chairman
Subcommittee on Border Maritime and Global Counterterrorism
John Stanton, SES
Executive Director
National Air Security Operations, Customs and Border Protection,
Department of Homeland Security
John S. Canning
Chief Engineer
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Team Lead, Lt. Combat Unmanned Systems Branch
Combat Vehicles Division Automotive Directorate
Glenn Rizzi
Deputy Director
US Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker,
Ala.
Colonel Dean Bushey, Ph.D
UAS Commander/Program Manager
US Air Force Academy
Col. Robert J. Sova, US Army
Army UAS Capabilities Manager
US Army Training and Doctrine Command
Colonel Dale Fridley
Director
Air Force RPA Task Force
Lt. Col. David W. Heideman
Chief
Multinational Doctrine Branch- Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and
Education
Col. Michael Isherwood, USAF (ret.)
Senior Analyst
Aerospace Strategiest, Analysis Center, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Lt. Col. Guy Armstrong
Program Manager
Noctua and JUSTAS UAV Programs, Canadian Forces
Lt. Col. Darrell Marleau
1 Canadian Air Division A3 UAV
Canadian Air force
Lt. Col. Frank Weisskirchen
Subject Matter Expert in UCAV
Combat Air Branch, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Lt. Col. Michael "BATMAN" Keaton USAF (ret.)
Senior Manager
Business Development, Raytheon
Larry R. Avens, Ph.D.
Inorganic Chemistry, Group Leader
Special Projects, Global Security Directorate, Oak Ridge National
Laboratory
Dr. Virginia "Suzy" Young
Director
Advanced Science and Technology Directorate Research, Development &
Engineering Center U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Redstone
Arsenal, AL
Mr. Robert Englehart, DAF
Deputy Branch Chief
HQ AETC (Air Education and Training Command) UAS Training Branch, USAF
Alan Hobbs, Ph.D
Senior Research Associate
San Jose State University Research Foundation, NASA Ames Research Center
Mr. William Fredericks
Aerospace Engineer
NASA Langley Research Center
Derek Wadsworth
Manager
Intelligence and Robotics, Idaho National Laboratory
Dr. Leo van Breda
NATO representative for the Netherlands
NATO
Ronald Stroup
Chief System Engineer for Air-Ground Integration
Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Federal Aviation Agency
Steven Low
Associate Director
M&S Technology System Simulation and Development Directorate US Army
AMRDEC; RDMR-SSM; Redstone Arsenal, AL
Reginald J. Poissant
Senior Analyst
Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Electronics & Special Development Branch,
Soldier Requirements Division, United States Army Manoeuvre Centre of
Excellence
Ole Vidar Homleid
Chairman
UAS Norway
Mr. Neil Planzer
Vice President-Strategy
The Boeing Company, Aviation Infrastructure
Michael Leyton
Professor
DIMACS Center for Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science
Rutgers University
Fidele Moupfouma Ph.D in Eng. and Doctor of Sciences in Physics
Chief Aircraft Electromagnetic Hazards Protection Engineer
Bombardier Aero. Core Electromagnetic Discipline Champion Strategic
Technology
John Walker
JSWalkerGroup/Aviation Solutions
Representing RTCA Special Committee 203 - UAS Standards
Edward Herlik
Managing Partner
Market Intel Group
And more.
Limited seats are available at the conference. I encourage you to
accomplish the attached registration form and fax it to 202-280-1239 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202-280-1239 end_of_the_skype_highlighting to
reserve your seat now. You may call me at 202-536-5000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202-536-5000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or send me an
e-mail at [redacted] to receive prompt assistance.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Heather Jones
Project Coordinator
Phone: 202.536.5000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202.536.5000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: 202.280.1239
New-Fields Exhibition
Connect the dots: Previous New-Fields Conferences include the following.
International Swine Flu Conferences (http://new-fields.com/isfc_uk/), London, March 2010

2nd Afghanistan Aviation & Defense Summit (http://new-fields.com/aads2/index.php), Washington, D.C., March 2010

3rd National Students Safety & Security Conference (http://new-fields.com/3rd_nsssc/index.php), Orlando, April 2010

2nd International Swine Flu Conference (http://new-fields.com/2ndISFC/index.php), Washington, D.C., August 2010

2nd Maritime Security & Anti-Piracy Conference (http://new-fields.com/2nd_msapc/index.php), London, UK, September 2010

5th Iraq Aviation & Defense Summit (http://new-fields.com/iads5/index.php), Washington, D.C., July 2010

UAS Defense & Tactics (http://new-fields.com/UAS/index.php), Washington, D.C., July 2010

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Magda Hassan
07-22-2010, 07:17 AM
Every cloud has a silver lining hey? For every disaster and catastrophe that besets humankind vultures like these will be turning a handsome profit. There is no law against it is there? [sarcasm]

Jan Klimkowski
07-22-2010, 05:17 PM
I beg your pardon! :mad:

International Swine Flu Conferences ('Mass Fatality Management Planning'), is sponsoring a "cutting-edge conference bring(ing) together military, federal and local governments, academia and industry to discuss their plans to expand their UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) use and to address the challenges facing potential expanded use of UAS".

I note the attendees include (my emphasis in bold):

Congressman Henry Cuellar
Chairman
Subcommittee on Border Maritime and Global Counterterrorism
John Stanton, SES
Executive Director
National Air Security Operations, Customs and Border Protection,
Department of Homeland Security
John S. Canning
Chief Engineer
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Team Lead, Lt. Combat Unmanned Systems Branch
Combat Vehicles Division Automotive Directorate
Reginald J. Poissant
Senior Analyst
Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Electronics & Special Development Branch,
Soldier Requirements Division, United States Army Manoeuvre Centre of
Excellence

Drones for peace? I think not.

Drones for mass fatality planning is the clear and hugely disturbing agenda. :listen:

Ed Jewett
07-23-2010, 01:48 AM
Swarm UAV

Some time ago, here and elsewhere, I believe I have mentioned that I had seen a draft RAND monograph (ca. 2007) on the use of swarm intelligence theory married to UAV’s. [See the book Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software [Paperback] at http://www.amazon.com/Emergence-Connected-Brains-Cities-Software/dp/0684868768

Given the emergence of this symposium, I decided I should Google and see how far the concept had come. The answer in a sentence: The industriousness of the p*ssants in the military-industrial complex shows them to be busy bees droning on. Here is a representative sampling of links from within the first 20 items of a Google search for “swarm UAV”.

http://vertol.mit.edu/ (In this project at the Aerospace Controls Laboratory at MIT, we are investigating techniques that will enable the execution of continuous (24-7) mission ...)

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/20m-to-develop-uav-swarm-technologies-0496/

http://robots.net/article/1015.html

http://www.stormingmedia.us/46/4665/A466534.html (Swarm Intelligence for Autonomous UAV Control)

http://www.informs-sim.org/wsc04papers/042.pdf (a nine-page paper on parallel simulation of AUV swarm scenarios)

http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1351774 (Self organized UAV swarm planning optimization for search and destroy using SWARMFARE simulation)

http://www.scs.org/pubs/jdms/vol3num3/JDMSIITSECvol3no3Walter167-176.pdf (10 pp.) ( UAV Swarm Control: Calculating Digital Pheromone Fields with the GPU)

http://www.aviationtoday.com/av/categories/commercial/UAVs-That-Swarm_1126.html ( If the command and control (C2) of today's mammoth unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) seems like a tough problem, consider futuristic, bio-inspired concepts for ... )

http://www.barnardmicrosystems.com/L4E_uav_swarm.htm#advantages

http://intellibriefs.blogspot.com/2005/02/swarming-uavs.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2443366/posts (UAV Swarm Attack Waziristan Stronghold (Drone's D Day! Fearless fleet of robots strike in mass) (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2443366/posts))




I remember well the day my step-mother ran over an in-ground nest of yellow-jackets with a motorized lawn mower… death from anaphylactic shock was narrowly averted.

Now consider that DARPA has micro-UAV’s well underway in the development phase, probably already tested, and capable of carrying spray or syringe-like mechanisms.

The larger ones, as we know, carry cameras and Hellfire missiles.

In addition to their deployment in war zones and other places (Yemen, Venezuela) and the fact that introductory discussion and permission has been sought for their use inside the continental US (CONUS), I remain quite hopeful that they will be used to shower love and affection on the peoples, plants, trees, lakes and rivers (or that perhaps they are decoys to lure away the enemy aircraft from someplace near Alpha Centauri). But I fear that these are nothing but machines for the deliverance of death and destruction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTIs-TBwcbk

Jan Klimkowski
07-23-2010, 05:15 PM
Now consider that DARPA has micro-UAV’s well underway in the development phase, probably already tested, and capable of carrying spray or syringe-like mechanisms.

The larger ones, as we know, carry cameras and Hellfire missiles.

In addition to their deployment in war zones and other places (Yemen, Venezuela) and the fact that introductory discussion and permission has been sought for their use inside the continental US (CONUS), I remain quite hopeful that they will be used to shower love and affection on the peoples, plants, trees, lakes and rivers (or that perhaps they are decoys to lure away the enemy aircraft from someplace near Alpha Centauri). But I fear that these are nothing but machines for the deliverance of death and destruction.



Indeed.

I've spent many a long week buried in university libraries examining stacks of records of medical conferences from the 1940s-70s, sponsored by military slush funds or "foreign aid" budgets or private foundation money, and with clear geopolitical and hubristic agendas of Control of resources, of Control over the great mass of humanity, and of Weaponization of emerging technologies.

If this drone research was benign, I would still have doubts about the ability of the goons to gauge and reign in the potential excesses of Swarm UAV programmes.

However, like Ed, I suspect that the intentions of some of those funding this research is actively malign.

Ed Jewett
07-24-2010, 12:19 AM
Air Force Wants Drones to Sense Other Planes’ ‘Intent’



By Spencer Ackerman (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/author/spencer_ackerman/) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/wp-content/themes/wired/images/envelope.gif (spencerackerman@gmail.com)
July 23, 2010 |
9:40 am |
Categories: Drones (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/category/drones/)



http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2010/07/reaper_front_s.jpg (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/07/air-force-wants-drones-to-sense-other-planes-intent/reaper_front_s/)
Unmanned aircraft, for all their utility, are fairly simple beasts. They’re good at taking direction, but they’re not so good at processing information on their own. Now the Air Force figures it’s time for drones to get a lot smarter, especially as they take off or land.
As anyone who’s ever flown knows, the runway is a crowded place. Planes on the runway queue up to get airborne. Planes in the air have to coordinate with Air Traffic Control for the order in which they can safely land, taking precautions not to get in anyone’s way until it’s their turn. There’s a fair amount of information to rapidly process in order to avoid collisions and other accidents. Pilots can handle that information load. Drones can’t. Yet. It’s one of the big reasons why the Federal Aviation Administration has been so reluctant (http://tech2.nytimes.com/mem/technology/techreview.html?_r=1&res=9C02EED71F31F937A25752C1A9649C8B63) to allow unmanned aircraft to fly over the U.S. Even robotic flights over relatively unpopulated areas along the southern border (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/border-drone-breaks-comms-with-pilot-flights-suspended/) have been canceled when there’s the most routine technical hiccups.
On Tuesday, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said it’ll soon solicit engineers to design an algorithm to allow drones to “integrate seamlessly (http://www.dodsbir.net/solicitation/sbir103/af103.htm)” with piloted planes for takeoff and landing. In the algorithm-driven future that the labs want to build, drones will be equipped a database of terminal procedures; link up with Air Traffic Control; and “recognize the intent of other aircraft.”

For instance: aircraft landing on parallel runways can appear to be on a collision course before they turn and land. Right now, a drone would simply perceive that a plane’s trajectory is going to remain unchanged, making it a threat for collision. But a capable algorithm would let the drone process Air Traffic Control information like basic airfield maps to know that there’s no actual danger from the oncoming piloted plane.
“The developed algorithm(s), optimally, would require no more a priori information than a human pilot,” the labs instruct. “Intent analysis should be accurate, reliable and real-time, enabling quick and appropriate decisions that are necessary in this time critical environment.”
There’s a clear commercial application here. As we mentioned on Wednesday (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/07/paging-wall-e-air-force-wants-robo-cargo-to-load-itself/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+WiredDangerRoom+%28Blog+-+Danger+Room%29), FedEx is starting to think about an airfleet of linked-up drones (http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/aviation-week-how-uavs-will) that can fly in formation at the direction of a piloted aircraft. Building algorithms that can let drones process complex information in congested airspace sounds like a useful step toward that futuristic cargo fleet.
Photo: Bryan William Jones (http://prometheus.med.utah.edu/%7Ebwjones/)
See Also:


Air Force Plans for All-Drone Future (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/07/air-force-plans-for-all-drone-future/)
Air Force’s New ‘Killer Zombie’ Drone (Updated) (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/10/air-forces-new/)
Air Force Completes Killer Micro-Drone Project (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/01/killer-micro-drone/)
Wired 13.06: Attack of the Drones (http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.06/drones.html)
Air Force Zaps Drones in Laser Test (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/11/air-force-zaps-drones-in-laser-test/)
Paging Wall-E: Air Force Wants Robo-Cargo to Load Itself (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/07/paging-wall-e-air-force-wants-robo-cargo-to-load-itself/)



Read More http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/07/air-force-wants-drones-to-sense-other-planes-intent/#more-28322#ixzz0uYR9W5vJ

Ed Jewett
07-13-2011, 06:26 PM
Is That a Robin, or a Robot Bird On the Wire Outside Your Bedroom? ‏
13
07
2011


Micro-machines are go: The U.S. military drones that are so small they even look like insects

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
They look like children’s toys that are left discarded in wardrobes around the world.

But these innocent-looking devices are actually some of the most sophisticated drones on the planet.

The U.S. Air Force is developing the miniature spy craft with the goal of making them so small that they resemble birds and even insects....

photos and a video at the link:
http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/%E2%80%AAis-that-a-robin-or-a-robot-bird-on-the-wire-outside-your-bedroom%E2%80%AC%E2%80%8F/