September 4, 2009

EMPIRE RISING:

The Pentagon's Newest Weapon in the War on Pirates (Mark Thompson, Sep. 04, 2009, TIME)

The U.S. military plans to deploy its newest warplane against one of the world's oldest threats, sending unmanned Reaper drones to the Seychelles islands to deal with pirates menacing seagoing commerce in the Indian Ocean. Fighting pirates off the coast of Africa was one of the founding missions of the U.S. Marines two centuries ago; today, in a sign of the changing face of warfare, the mission of protecting maritime trade routes falls to ground-bound desk jockeys remotely operating high-tech flying machines.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 4, 2009 7:21 AM
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