There have been many legitimate comparisons to Vladimir Putin’s recent actions in Ukraine and his statements that he’s “merely protecting ethnic Russians and Russian speakers” in former Soviet republics to Hitler’s flimsy excuses at the beginning of WWII that he was just protecting ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia and Poland. It’s not just shallow Godwinning either, like when Republicans compare Obama to Hitler over pretty much anything— Putin hasn’t really made it much of a secret that he thinks the breakup of the USSR was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century and he’d really like to rebuild it. Despite Russia’s actions being relatively quiet after the annexation of Crimea and secession votes in eastern Ukraine, Putin is far from being done. Instead of rolling from one country to another, it now seems he’s busy quietly trying to rally pro-Russian supporters in places like Moldova, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
While the chances of a movie-style zombie apocalypse is shall we say… stupidly low and probably not even scientifically possible, the Pentagon, being tasked with keeping America safe, has to have contingencies for all kinds of scenarios, no matter how far fetched. And apparently one of those scenarios is a plan for some kind of all-out zombie apocalypse.
Poland’s new PL-01 “concept” tank is covered in radar-absorbing materials and features temperature-controlled cells on the outer body that can match the surrounding temperature and make the tank invisible to infrared. On top of that, the heat they give off can be modified to make the stealth tank look like a car, a motorcycle, or even a person to enemy radar.
Production of the PL-01 is set to begin in 2018, with export to NATO countries beginning in 2022. You can see more photos at Gas 2.
For centuries, nearly anyone with any wealth or political power in the Mediterranean region has conquered the small Crimean peninsula, since its location on the Black Sea has provided someone with some sort of advantage. The Greeks, Venetians, Huns, Goths, Romans, Turks, Mongols and Tartars have all planted their flags there. So when Russia rolled in a couple weeks ago, taking over the semiautonomous region with the claim it was protecting Russian citizens, it was another event in the long history of conquering Crimea. Shortly after it had Ukranian military bases surrounded, Russia said they were going to let Crimeans vote on their future— but as it turns out, that vote doesn’t have a “Russia, nyet” option.
Periodically throughout history, Russia gets a hair up its ass to invade another neighboring country— Finland will back me up on this— and in this short week so far, Russia has flooded the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea with over 16,000 troops and counting, claiming that in the turmoil in the Ukraine, Russian citizens in Crimea are being killed. Shit just went all crazy.
The US already has a pretty dominant position in robotic aerial warfare, and we’re working on our own fleet of ground and naval drones, and we’re not the only ones. Russia has been very busy the past few years putting together its own rolling robot legion of death. At this point, it might be hard not to imagine that any full scale water breaking out in the next 10 to 15 years could be fought almost totally through robots.
Sending unmanned drones into the wilds of Afghanistan to shoot at terrorists is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the future of American autonomous dominance. This past week, the Department of Defense laid out a roadmap of the drone program, leading up to autonomous global drone missions and surveillance by 2022. Yup, in less than 10 years, American deathbots will be patrolling the globe by air, sea and land.