Southwest FL – Navy Captain John E. Jackson, a Professor at the U.S. Naval War College, gave a fascinating and especially relevant presentation on the latest in drone warfare and unmanned operations. He covered everything from the history behind the first use of unmanned devices to the latest prototypes waiting to be fielded by our
Professor Jackson started by introducing the first recorded unmanned vehicle, the 1918
Kettering “Bug” used by our military for target practice by anti-aircraft units. He then explained the tactical advantages of drones, describing the technology used to allow a pilot in America to control a drone flying over Afghanistan or Iraq. The uses and capabilities of several drones were discussed including the MQ-1 Predator, the RQ-4 Global Hawk, the RQ-170 Sentinel and many others. Our military and aerospace companies are also developing a multitude of new drones that can dive to depths of 11,000 ft. below the oceans; or carry 6,000 lbs. of equipment through the air; or disarm bombs without putting humans in danger. Professor Jackson finished his presentation by covering some of the legal and ethical issues associated with utilizing drones along with some unintended consequences.
John E. Jackson is a professor in the Naval War College’s College of Distance Education. He teaches in the area of Theater Security Decision Making, and manages the Chief of Naval Operations’ Professional Reading Program. Since November
2009 he has taught a highly regarded elective course entitled “Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century”. More information about the Naval War College Foundation can be found at http://www.nwcfoundation.org/
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