A new drone from Israel’s Elbit Systems called Lanius combines a number of technologies that put it at the forefront of how drones are transforming war.
At the same time, reports about the drone may raise questions about how this technology may make war more controversial as “robots” play a larger role in it.
The more armies and defense companies invest in new technology that enables combat to take place remotely — without soldiers interacting with civilians, for instance — the more it seems like “robot wars.” Source: Jerusalem Post
Russia’s ongoing struggle to defeat Ukraine has altered the scale and timeline surrounding China’s Taiwan invasion strategy, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said Wednesday.
Beijing is “unsettled” by Russia’s “strategic failure” in Ukraine and now believes it requires “overwhelming force” to conquer Taiwan, CIA Director William Burns said during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, more than 10,000 have died as of June 24, many of whom have been civilians, BBC News reported.
After the Kremlin launched a multi-pronged attack on Ukraine, poor planning, overconfidence and fierce resistance contributed to heavy Russian casualties and a failure to capture any major cities in the early days of the war, Defense One reported. Meanwhile, international sanctions have been levied against Russia’s economy and the Ukrainian war effort has been bolstered by an influx of money and military hardware from the U.S. and other allied countries, such as the United Kingdom. Source: Daily Caller
Whenever I read the news, I’m also reading between the lines. I carefully watch what all politicians say and what they tweet as it gives an understanding — if you’re looking! Secretary Mike Pompeo has been tweeting literally every 30 minutes to an hour a similar message … all dealing with Iran! All today!
Follow up: The next day Israel struck Iranian targets all over Syria and Iraq
Keep an eye on this situation! How often do you see stories about where nuclear subs are? And how often do you see multiple articles on the same day? The U.S. and an Israeli submarine movements were reported in the same day …
A few weeks ago, I was stunned that Israel would allow the Iranian reactor in Bushehr to begin loading. However, today’s report in the UK Guardian helps explain why Israel has not yet struck the nuclear plant.
These are a few excerpts within the UK Guardian piece.
Experts at Iran’s nuclear agency are trying to disable a complex computer virus that has attacked the country’s industrial sites and appears to be aimed at shutting down its Bushehr nuclear plant, which was due to go online next month.
Computer security experts who have studied Stuxnet since it emerged two months ago believe it was designed specifically to attack the Siemens-designed working system of the Bushehr plant and appears to have infected the system via the laptops and USB drives of Russian technicians who had been working there.
Western experts say the worm’s sophistication – and the fact that some 60% of computers infected appeared to be in Iran – pointed to a government-backed attack.
While there have been no reports of damage or disruption at any Iranian nuclear facilities, last Tuesday’s meeting signalled a high level of concern about the worm among Iran’s nuclear officials. The Stuxnet worm has surprised experts because it is the first one created to take over industrial control systems, rather than just steal or manipulate data.
If Israel is behind the worm, then it helps explain why Israel is waiting to take military action. Israel hopes that the Iranian nuclear program can be stopped without having to go to war.
As I was reading through the news today, I came across an article which details a new audio message that was intercepted, which said, “Iran will attack American installations in the Gulf, encourages its proxies in Iraq and Afghanistan to attack Americans, and engage in a global terror campaign.”
Amazingly, the message was delivered by Saeed al Shehri, whom the United States held in Guantanamo for six years, before being released and now has emerged as leading Jihad once again from Yemen.