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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

WRite and Debate on our race to waging war in the XXI century

OPTION 04. Write a report on The World arms market using the data from the table below. 
You may, if you wish, make use of the figures expressed in the document, but you should relate to how the data makes sense. Draw conclusions on the aspects of the graph (also hints for further years.)
Five ideas to keep in mind: 

  • America spends more on its military than THE NEXT 15 COUNTRIES COMBINED
  • By 2033 the U.S. will be paying $59 billion a year to its veterans injured in the wars
  • The yearly cost of stationing one soldier in Iraq could feed 60 American families.
  • The pentagon budget consumes 80% of individual income tax revenue
  • The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety

OPTION 05.  Debate   on the thorn issue of waging war in the XXI century.
Below, a list of projects the military is pursuing under DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). In addition to the many robots DARPA has created to mimic human walking, throw cinder blocks, run on four legs at cheetah speed, climb trees, grasp objects, and more, DARPA has announced projects including mapping the human brain, trying to create a physical, thinking brain for robots, computers that can think for themselves, and so on...
Also, autonomous robots, electronic tattoos and pills swallowed to authenticate online access .... and much much more. Video here.

Active projects of DARPA which will change the future are :
4MM 4-minute mile: Wearable jetpack to enable soldiers to run at increased speed.
Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System formerly TX: Cargo carrying UAV.
"Aircraft Carriers in the Sky": Using large manned aircraft to launch and recover small UAVs.
ACTUV: A project to build an unmanned Anti-submarine warfare vessel.
Adaptive Execution Office: AEO provides the agency with robust connections to the war fighter community and assists the agency with the planning and execution of technology demonstrations and field trials to promote adoption by the war fighter.
Air Dominance Initiative: Developmental technologies to be used in sixth-generation jet fighters.
Atlas: A humanoid robot.
Battlefield Illusion
Big Mechanism: Cancer research
BlockADE: Rapidly constructed barrier.

Boeing X-37
Boomerang - mobile shooter detection system: an acoustic gunfire locator developed by BBN Technologies for detecting snipers on military combat vehicles.
Captive Air Amphibious Transporter
Clean-Slate Design of Resilient, Adaptive, Secure Hosts CRASH, a TCTO initiative

Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System
Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment CODE: Modular software architecture for UAVs to pass information to each other in contested environments to identify and engage targets with limited operator direction.
Combat Zones That See: "track everything that moves" in a city by linking up a massive network of surveillance cameras
Computational Weapon Optic CWO: Computer rifle scope that combines various features into one optic.
DARPA XG: technology for Dynamic Spectrum Access for assured military communications
Experimental Spaceplane 1: first stage of a reusable space transport
Gremlins: Air-launched and recoverable UAVs with distributed capabilities to provide low-cost flexibility over expensive multirole platforms.
Ground X-Vehicle Technology

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