We hear more and more about the usage of drones in the US military and how they are helpful in the aid of airstrikes and keeping boots off the ground, but what about the usage of drones within our countries borders, commercially? If you've been on the internet any time in the past 6 months I'm sure you've seen videos or links to videos that show commercial drone use in action, but just who exactly is allowed to own and operate these drones?
I chose this topic because my brother has held an internship with a privatized company that makes drones for the military. The company is called General Atomics and ever since my brother started working there I have been very interested in them and the United States uses for them.
First of all, what is a drone?
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, are remotely-controlled aircraft which may be armed with missiles and bombs for attack missions
April 2010, WikiLeaks WikiLeaks an online publisher of anonymous, covert, and classified material, leaks to the public a published gunsight footage from the 12 July 2007 Baghdad airstrike in which Iraqi civilians and journalists were killed by an Apache helicopter, as the Collateral Murder video. In July 2010 (same year as the Baghdad air strike ) WikiLeaks released Afghan War Diary, a compilation of more than 76,900 documents about the War in Afghanistan not previously available for public review.
The Defense Budget of the United States of America is an exceedingly complex issue wrought with controversy. This paper attempts to bring to light shocking information about the budget, and about where your tax payer money is going. It examines some of the subtleties of the defense budget that you may not have ever considered, whilst attempting to scratch the surface on the less well known parts of the Great American War Machine in order to make more transparent the intricate relationship the Defense Budget has with the economy, society, and foreign affairs.
The general topic for my Senior Project that I am interested in is focused on the effects of Military deployments on Latino families. Not just the actual soldier whom is sent to war but the post-war effects, that take place once the soldier is back from serving their mission, and how that also affects the families back home. I am also going just a bit deeper into the research to see if the effects on the family are greater when it is a female in the military instead of a male.
TOKYO — Japan is considering the acquisition of offensive weapons and surveillance drones and will assume a more active role in regional security, the country’s defense minister said Friday, providing an early glimpse of ways the new conservative government could lead the nation farther than ever from its postwar pacifism.
The minister, Itsunori Onoreda, said that japan is ready to take this measures to counter the growing military powers of North Korea and China.
In Marci Alboher’s opinion piece, “Is job stress worthwhile?” from CNN, the author tells of a survey she took on what job was the most stressful and the arguments people posed against the results of this survey. The survey stated that high risk jobs, such as firefighters, military, and policemen, were the most stressful and that being a teacher or professor was the least stressful.
The fight occurring over legal recognition of same-sex marriages effects could have an effect on the Defense Department. After the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in 2009, people have been advocating that the same-sex spouses of military personnel should receive the same federal financial benefits as heterosexual spouses should. Under the DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, marriage is the unioin between one man and one woman.
Clint Eastwood has a great film career in Actor, director, composer and producer. In this article, it talk about his time in the MIlitary at the start of the 1950's. He has been seen in military movies such as Heartbreak Ridge, Firefox, Kelly’s Hero and much more. Clint was also drafted in the US Army in 1951 and fought in the Korean War. Afterwards started his film career. During his time in the military he was a swim instructor the whole time and never was sent to Korea.
I am interested in this because there is always a debate in politics about who the government should be subsidising, small business, big business, or themselves. I read an article by a disgruntled Republican staffer a while back that said small business and the military did not provide most employment (as Republicans often say they do), but that medium-large corporations did. The U.S. Government has a small-business administration to provide assistance to such businesses, so it clearly is a priority for them.
Something that I have been interested in learning more about has been the Spartan way of life. I remember my brother and I were talking about it the other day, but I didn't have time to research it. Lately, the this topic has caught my eye again. I know that many people feel that Spartans are the best soldiers in history. From what I have heard, The Spartans were more than just being the best soldiers even though that was one of their focuses.
This past weekend, I went to see the movie, Act of Valor. Now going in I had very high hopes and expectations because from a very young age I have always been fascinated by the Navy Seals. Now I had read several articles about how this movie and found out that it was filmed using helmet cameras with real Navy Seals instead of actors and live ammunition.