thedailysheeple.com / By Nicholas West,
Once considered a conspiracy, the use of drones has rapidly become open knowledge as part of warfare and surveillance, domestically and abroad. We are now witnessing the roll-out of the next stage of drone evolution: swarms.
Swarm technology is being tested across the board on land, at sea and in air. Moreover, rapid advances are being made in artificial intelligence that enable autonomous systems to be fully released from human control altogether – identifying, surrounding and incapacitating targets.
One of the components of airborne drone swarms is the use of micro-drones – small, sometimes insect-sized autonomous vehicles that can be deployed from larger aircraft.
Earlier last year, I highlighted a Pentagon video that was released to document a system called Perdix, a supposedly secret program that utilized F-16s and F/A-18 fighter jets to deploy swarms of micro-drones. The video was short, grainy, and frankly lacked the production value of other military promos. I speculated at the time that due to its announcement coming via the Washington Post, as well as statements made by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, that this video had the hallmarks of a propaganda campaign designed – as Carter put it – to “get the attention of potential adversaries.” It also offered the dual purpose of lightly informing the public about this technology and paving the way for acceptance.