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Wed Feb 10, 2016, 02:57 AM

Arms trade: West's military advantage is being eroded, IISS warns

...Britain is trying to stay ahead of the curve by developing the Zephyr high-altitude “pseudo-satellite”, a solar-powered surveillance drone operating at the edge of space, while the US is developing “swarming UAVs” combining cheap structures with sophisticated electronics, the survey notes.

The Pentagon is looking to the private sector for help, setting up a “Defence Information Unit-Experimental” to help it “leverage best lessons from Silicon Valley on issues like big data, analytics, autonomy and robotics”, says the IISS.

These technologies are seen as having uses “across the full spectrum of conflict, able as much … to trawl social media posts by a terrorist group … or produce systems to better enable concepts like prompt global strike”.

Prompt global strike, or PGS, would deliver a precision-guided conventional weapon anywhere in the world within an hour. It has been condemned by Russia and criticised by some independent analysts because of the potential danger of mistaking the missile for a nuclear weapon...

/... http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/09/wests-military-advantage-is-being-eroded-survey-warns

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Wed Feb 10, 2016, 03:07 AM

1. But we can't afford healthcare for all?

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Wed Feb 10, 2016, 05:48 AM

2. Maybe it is time to reconsider this losing game and negotiate real disarmament? nt

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