NewsMax columnist Charles R. Smith offered his analysis of various geopolitical conflicts and discussed the latest technology in military unmanned vehicles. These unmanned craft are one indication that we are entering a "new kind of war," he said, where precision instruments and information technology have replaced the old "industrial style" of battle.
One craft he described is code named Senior Prom and is a stealth reconnaissance drone that can take photographs and monitor communications. Others like the Hunter are being tested with precision guided weapons. Pilotless vehicles offer a number of advantages in wartime situations, such as the ability to fly for prolonged periods and to successfully navigate during adverse conditions such as storms or an attack, he detailed.
Yet, ultimately Smith does not foresee unmanned vehicles replacing human pilots. The best combination would be an integrated use of both manned and unmanned vehicles, he said. There are many situations where a live pilot is more useful than a drone, such as in finding a mobile ballistic system, he noted. Smith also touted "information warfare programs" such as Big Safari which potentially could takeover an enemies' weapons system. For more, see Smith's article on robots and invisible planes.
First hour guest Richard C. Hoagland of Enterprise Mission reacted to the announcement that NASA researchers may have found evidence of current life on Mars. It's a "politically managed event," he said, to reveal information little by little. But now "it's only matter of time," before we move from announcements about microbes to discoveries about the ruins on Mars, he declared. Hoagland also noted that the ESA scientist, Vittorio Formisano, is now competing with NASA with his own evidence of current life on Mars.
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