Underwater Drones

I remember reading a few years ago about Liquid Robotics ocean traveling wave glider. It used the bouyancy of waves to propel a robot across 9,000 nautical miles in just over a year.  It is a pretty amazing feat. And such technology offers the potential to monitor ocean temperatures, currents, etc

Apparently, the Navy has taken interest and is launching its own “glider” drones. The technology can potentially provide numerous benefits to security and underwater communication. Drones could be equipped to monitor our coastal waters for submarines. They could also be used to relay messages to our submerged subs.

I feel this is a positive expenditure of defense funds. I am very skeptical about the need for a new aircraft carrier. I see little benefit. 5 would do, two in the Pacific, two in the Atlantic, one in the gulf. Maybe 7 if you wanted if you wanted to have two that could patrol the world and rattle our sabers.

But if you ask me what we need. I’d say it’s a small pocket carrier that can support a couple of helicopters and a dozen or so drones. And engage in coastal monitoring and anti-submarine operations. And not for the U.S. Navy but for the U.S. Coast Guard.

USCGC Seminole Drone Carrier

The U.S. Navy needs a submersible carrier that can carry two jumpjets or four helicopters. That would facilitate tactical strikes on sensitive targets. Move in close to shore. Launch SEALS/Marine strike units. Return, land, submerge.  I’ve long thought this a far more useful tool in our present day world than large easily sinkable carriers and surface ships. At times I thought I was asking to much of technology, but I truly felt such a ship design is in fact feasible. And apparently, it was, as Japanese built such designs toward the end of WWII to strike the U.S. mainland. If Japan could do it with WWII technology, I am sure we could implement it far more effectively today.

 

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Published in: on December 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm  Comments (3)  
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Senator Rand Paul #filiblizzard

Last night Senator Paul fillibustered for 13 hours to protest the very loose interpretation of being able to assasinate an American citizen on U.S. territory via a drone, without due process. And dangerous proposition because of it’s slippery slope.  While perhaps President Obama would be unlikely to choose such action, what if a president 10 years down the road deems a few Congressmen meeting together to discuss opposition to the sitting president a “threat” and issues a drone strike. How many suffered in the “red hunts” of the 60’s. Do we trust our government to be mature enough to handle such power?

I am greatful that Senator Rand Paul stood up to at least raise some thought on the issue.  I am also very thankful to the following senators (including our own Pat Toomey) for joining him.

Senators we should be thanking:

Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky)
Senator Mike Lee (Utah)
Senator Ted Cruz (Texas)
Senator Jerry Moran (Kansas)
Senator Marc Rubio (Florida)
Senator Saxby Chambliss (Georgia)
Senator John Cornyn (Texas)
Senator John Barasso (Wyoming)
Senator John Thune (South Dakota)
Senator Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania)
Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon)*

*Extra special thanks to Ron for crossing his party line and standing up for liberty.

 

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/06/rand-pauls-filiblizzard-filibuster/?hpt=hp_t1

Published in: on March 7, 2013 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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30,000 Domestic Drones….to Watch the Worker Bees.

I was aware of the plan to utilize drones. Mostly along the border, aid Border Patrol, Homeland Security, etc, etc. Frankly, I was only minimally concerned.  I could see a place and use for a few drones, especially along the borders and coastlines.

But I was unaware of the level planned. This article in U.S. News states the FAA is mulling upto 30,000 drones. Now THAT is disconcerting, because that is NOT the number you need to watch terrorists. That is the number you need to watch ALL OF U.S. 

“As the Federal Aviation Administration mulls allowing up to 30,000 drones take to the skies over the next several decades”

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/15/drone-moans

Published in: on February 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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