July 10, 2012
WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio, has put a friendly spin on the ongoing effort to introduce military technology into the civilian realm.
“The planes look and sound like radio control aircraft that anyone can buy, but these are modified with special systems for research or observation,” the news station reports.
“A lot of the things that we use, surprisingly, are from the model airplane field. It’s not really the aircraft that we’re testing, but the components inside auto pilot and flight control systems,” said Mike Pilkenton of the U.S. Air Force.
The Pentagon is testing drones “for more advanced military exercises” and commercial use at the Wilmington Air Park.
Earlier this year, the airfield was slotted as a prime candidate for one of six proposed test sites for unmanned aircraft and systems mandated by an FAA reauthorization bill in February, according to the Dayton Business Journal.
The Wilmington Air Park and other sites are part of an ambitious effort by the FAA to integrate drones into the nation’s air traffic control system by 2015.
Local officials in Ohio believe working with the Pentagon and the military industrial complex will result in more jobs for the recession impacted region.
“From my perspective this is the very beginning of a long-term, very broad industry with many potential paths,” Bret Dixon, Clinton county’s economic development director, told the business journal.
One of the “many potential paths” of the aggressive effort to introduce drone technology developed by the military to track down and kill people includes monitoring, tracking and scrutinizing civilians.
In addition to surveillance, drone manufacturers “are also considering offering police the option of arming these remote-controlled aircraft with (nonlethal for now) weapons like rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas,” warns the American Civil Liberties Union.
Now that Obama has signed the NDAA and implemented a covert assassination program back in 2010, the “nonlethal” aspect of the domestic drone drive may soon include a lethal component.
After the drone agenda is married to the civilian airspace and Americans become more or less acclimated to it – as they are now more or less acclimated to the TSA sexually molesting them – we can expect a new generation of drones to appear on the scene.
As networkworld.com noted last month, the future promises “DARPA-like tiny insect cyborg drones” that can be “controlled from a great distance and is equipped with a camera, microphone. It could land on you and then use its needle to take a DNA sample with the pain of a mosquito bite. Or it could inject a micro RFID tracking device under your skin.”
While this science fiction scenario is not currently possible, that has not stopped the Pentagon from working feverishly to make it a reality. At the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, drones are developed and designed to replicate the flight patterns of moths, hawks and other air-borne creatures of the natural world.
The Pentagon has teamed up with institutions such as the California Institute of Technology and Harvard University to develop insect-like cyborgs and other tiny robots.
“While the US military would have the American public believe that these new ‘fly drones’ are used for overseas missions, insect drones have been spotted surveilling streets right here in the US,” writes Susanne Posel.
“It is believed that these insect-like drones are high-tech surveillance tools used by the Department of Homeland Security.”