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  •  This is big business and alot of people are (34+ / 0-)

    getting filthy rich from it.   In fact, it's the epitome of the Military Industrial Complex.   There's a large congressional caucus, the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus created for our politicians to help hawk them.  Cities and states are fighting for the contracts, big money and a lot of jobs.  Like the pusher and the addict, the U.S. is hooked already.

    "The mission of the U.S. House Unmanned Systems Caucus is to educate members of Congress and the public on the strategic, tactical, and scientific value of unmanned systems; actively support further development and acquisition of more systems, and to more effectively engage the civilian aviation community on unmanned system use and safety.

    As members of this Caucus, we:

    1.Acknowledge the overwhelming value of these systems to the defense, intelligence, homeland security, law enforcement, and the scientific communities;

    2.Recognize the urgent need to rapidly develop and deploy more Unmanned Systems in support of ongoing civil, military, and law enforcement operations;

    3.Work with the military, industry, the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other stakeholders to seek fair and equitable solutions to challenges created by UAV operations in the U.S. National Air Space (NAS);

    4.Support our world-class industrial base that engineers, develops, manufactures, and tests unmanned systems creating thousands of American jobs;

    5.Support policies and budgets that promote a larger, more robust national security unmanned system capability."

    "America is the Terror State. The Global War OF Terror is a diabolical instrument of Worldwide conquest."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 09:39:35 AM PDT

    •  Security, Intelligence, Prison, and Propaganda (15+ / 0-)

      Markets are our last strategic economic advantages as a country.

      It's really rather scary, as we all know, markets are "Grow or Die" enterprises.

      We're so fucked!

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 09:45:17 AM PDT

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    •  And thus you can be sure there will be more. (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Anticipated growth is actually commercial use (3+ / 0-)
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      Tracking hurricanes and other storms

      Pix4D's software creates 3-D maps from drone images. Küng told the TEDx crowd that such technology has already been widely applied—for Haitian relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy, by farmers seeking to manage far-flung crops and fields, by mining companies monitoring changes to open pit mines, and by festivals to monitor crowd size for security reasons, among other uses.
      In Colorado, the U.S. Geological Survey has mounted a thermal imaging camera on a drone to count sandhill cranes when they are settled in on the ground for the night.
      An Orangutan Conservancy effort that shows aerial surveys can identify the animals' distribution and density in Indonesia and Malaysia, which is key because ground-based efforts are slow and costly in the thick forests that orangutans favor.
      The unmanned craft can also chart land use changes like deforestation, which is threatening an untold number of species.
      The precision agriculture movement uses technology to monitor fields, increasing yields and saving money. Gielow noted that precision applications of pesticides, water, or fertilizers, which drones can help by identifying exactly where such resources are needed and delivering them there, is better for the environment and for a farmer's bottom line.

      Drone cameras that spot where nitrogen levels are low, meanwhile, or watch the growth of a specific field section, can also help farmers
      Unmanned vehicles could be especially useful for fighting fires at night, said Bewley, who directs the Flow Control and Coordinated Robotics Labs at University of California, San Diego.

      "One of the most effective times to fight a fire is at night, when the winds are down and you can contain things," he explained. (See wildfire safety tips.)

      "But unless you have aerial surveillance on an area and make sure that there are safe exits, then you can't have firefighting teams out."

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 01:28:15 PM PDT

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    •  Drones have already come to Iowa. The Iowa (4+ / 0-)
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      Nat'l Guard has turned in its fighter jets for drones within the last 2 months.  They are based in Des Moines.

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