Lifting the Military’s Transgender Ban

"Lifting the Military’s Transgender Ban" by Meredith Bower (‘18)

By Meredith Bower (’18)

Over the past few years, the military has experienced substantial media attention for scandals such as its “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy or the exposed rape epidemic. Now, it’s currently under fire for a ban on transgender people. According to Dan Lamothe, there are about 15,000 transgender personnel currently serving that are forced to keep their true identity hidden.…

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Stellar Corpses opened up for Tiger Army during Spring Forward 2013 at The House of Blues in San Diego, CA on March 28. They came on stage to the theme song from The Lost Boys, Cry Little Sister by Gerard McMann and Michael Mainieri. They break into Twisted Fantasy from the album Dead Stars Drive In.  I took this video with my iPhone, so that is why it is a little shaky. 

Pentagon Developing a System Where Drones Will Hunt in Packs

January 23, 2015

Pentagon agency wants drones to hunt in packs, like wolves

Dan Lamothe

Washington Post

January 23, 2015

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency released this artist’s rendering to help explain what its Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program could do. (DARPA image)

The U.S. military is preparing for a series of meetings that could shake up how the Pentagon flies its fleet of drone aircraft and move them toward hunting together in packs.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will host the gatherings in March for its Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program, it said this week. The major emphasis: Figuring out a way to move free of having a pilot operate only one drone with assistance from a sensor operator and a team of intelligence analysts through satellite links.

“Just as wolves hunt in coordinated packs with minimal communication, multiple CODE-enabled unmanned aircraft would collaborate to find, track, identify and engage targets, all under the command of a single human mission supervisor,” said Jean-Charles Ledé, the program’s manager, in a statement.

DARPA officials said the CODE program would use a combination of software and algorithms to “extend the mission capabilities of existing unmanned aircraft well beyond the current state-of-the-art.” It also would allow drones to operate in areas in which electronic warfare might be used against them or they might be shot down, officials said.

A U.S. Predator drone is shown here in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Massoud Hossaini/AP)

A “Proposer’s Day” for the CODE program was held in April. In an explanation provided beforehand, DARPA officials said that while military drones have been successful over the last 25 years, the current systems would be vulnerable in the future.

Among the goals: Develop the ability for one mission commander to control numerous drones at one time, develop flexibility so drones in an area can communicate and protect each other, and geo-locating possible targets with powerful sensors and guiding less capable systems within their own ranges.

Unmanned Drone Flies and Crashes Inside the Halls of Congress

January 22, 2015

A drone crashes in the middle of a Capitol Hill hearing about drones

Dan Lamothe

Washington Post

January 22, 2015

The debate about where aerial drones should be allowed is wide-ranging, but on Wednesday it included an unexpected site: a small, remote-control aircraft flew around a congressional hearing.

The entire hearing was posted on the C-SPAN Web site, showing witnesses with the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA, among others, testifying before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. But as The Verge notes, it was a presentation of a working Parrot Bebop drone by 3D Robotics that stole the show.

The drone hovered through the hearing room in the Rayburn House Office Building. But it also had a mishap: During one takeoff, it was brought about five feet off the floor, only to crash back on the carpet.

“Whoops,” said a company representative, as those watching laughed.

The craft wasn’t broken, and continued on with the demonstration. Colin Guinn with 3D Robotics said the drone used Thursday costs about $500.