Dallas Gunman Killed by Robot Wants to Kill White Police Shooting Dead 5 Officers, Injured 6 Others

Press Conference: Dallas Police Chief David Brown details the words of one of the suspects in the ambush attacks in his city ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest. Remote Control Robot Bomb Ends Deadly Dallas Standoff
Chief: Dallas Shooting Suspect Killed When Police Robot Detonated Bomb
In an extraordinary move, police in Dallas used a bomb and a robot to kill a suspect in the deadly Dallas shooting early Friday morning.

Faced with a suspect holed up at El Centro College in Dallas and several officers already dead, law enforcement turned to the unusual method of detonating a bomb.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters Friday morning that after hours-long negotiations broke down and officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, police weren’t left with many options to disarm the shooter.

“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. Other options would have exposed the officers to grave danger,” Brown said.

He confirmed that the explosion was the cause of the suspect’s death, and that the suspect did not kill himself, contrary to earlier news reports.

The shooting in Dallas left five police officers dead, seven officers injured, and two civilians injured.

Russia gears up for World War 3

New equipment is a priority. There is also a dire need for reforms in organization, recruitment, training, pay and military doctrine.

The government has promised $640 billion over the next 10 years to buy new weapons. However, Russian arms manufacturers are no longer what they used to be.

“Our army now is in need of contemporary, modern equipment, and if the Russian defense industry can’t yet provide us with what we need, we’ll buy it abroad,” stated First Deputy Minister of Defense, Aleksandr Sukhorukov.

New purchases include the land assault ship, the Mistral, bought from France; lorries from Italy, and flying drones from Israel.

Drones have proved a particular problem. The defense ministry has been dismayed by the performance of a Russian company tasked with designing and building them.

“I asked them what was their problem and what prevented them from producing good vehicles,” recalls Aleksandr Sukhorukov. “The enterprise’s bosses found plenty of excuses, such as the absence of engines, gliders, etc. But I know how much money they received and I saw the rubbish they produced,” the First Deputy Minister complains.

However, not all new Russian-made weapons are falling below standard.

The SU-34 fighter bomber is widely considered an exceptional aircraft.

But few have been delivered so far, and the older models they were to replace are starting to fail.

“Although Russian designers come up with some excellent hardware, for instance, in terms of fighter and combat aircraft, sometimes the industry has trouble in maintaining these at a high level and actually producing them in the kinds of numbers that the armed forces need,” Matthew Clements believes.

And the reforms still have angry opponents too both in and outside the armed forces.

Many of them argue that the re-armament is going just fine and that buying foreign weapons undermines Russia’s military independence.

“We are becoming dependent on foreign suppliers of spare parts for military equipment, on foreign military personnel training, on foreign supplies of specific fuels and lubricants and other substances needed for the new equipment,” Konstantin Sivkov, Doctor of Military Sciences, explained to RT.

“Nonsense,” say other observers, citing the fact that in 2008, Russian forces pushed the Georgian army out of South Ossetia in just five days.

But experts were dismayed at how outdated and clumsy the Russian army looked when faced with real opposition.

It reinforced the need for serious change.

The money being thrown at the problem is vast, but regiments of roubles on their own will not be enough. Most at the defense ministry now know that before the armed forces are ready for modern conflict, a long and very demanding war for reform must be won, both in the corridors of government and in Russia’s military-industrial complex.

USA ROBOT OLYMPICS (Most advanced robots in the world compete in performance challenge)New Episodes

The world’s most sophisticated robots took center stage on Friday (December 20) at the opening of the DARPA Robotics Challenge competition in Miami, Florida.
Seventeen robot makers teams from the United States, China, Japan and Korea are participating in the two day trials designed to crown the best performing robot in tasks related to disaster response in the quickest time and with the least human intervention possible. DARPA’s Challenge was created shortly after the Fukushima, Japan nuclear disaster in 2011 where high radiation levels showed the human response to the disaster. “The eight tasks we are addressing here have derived from disasters like Fukoshima but also from other disasters. In Fukoshima specifically, in the first 24 hours, if someone could have went in, the whole escalation of nuclear catastrophe could have been prevented. But no humans could have entered because of the high radioactivity,” said Oskar Von Stryk, a professor of Systems Optimization and Robotics Group and a leader of the VIGIR team.

The trials at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway involve basic tasks for humans but complicated maneuvers when robots are asked to do them. Teams are given a specific block of time for their robots to complete tasks like opening and walking through doors, walking on difficult terrain, connecting hoses and turning valves wheels and driving a car. “Imagine that in the future these kind of robot technologies becoming available. Maybe in ten or fifteen years, the future fire fighter brigades would have a truck and in their truck they would have a robot. They could send a robot in when it’s dangerous for them to look out for the scene, look for victims. What’s the situation there and then they could truly help the firefighters save their lives and save other lives,” Von Stryk said. NASA’s Robonaut was also part of the competition and team lead, Kimberly Hambuchen, said she was happy with Friday’s outcome even though her team suffered several setbacks.

“We were able to create this humanoid robot that can go into places where humans can go. If humans can go there, this robot can go there and that’s good for, not only this competition where we want to put the robot into a disaster response situation, but also for NASA, in general, because we send humans into outer space and we would like to be able to send robots that don’t need any specialization,” Hambuchen said.
Robert Ambrose, chief of the Software Robotics and Simulation Division at NASA, said that while the goal is for robots to perform complicated tasks that would endanger humans or in difficult environments, there are many other jobs less desirable to humans that future robots could take over in the home.
“People won’t have to do some of the worst jobs. Just imagine the worst jobs in the world and then that’s what these robots should be going after. For 20 or 30 years, I’ve asked people if you had a robot what would you have it do for you? When I ask children that, they say two things, they say do my homework and clean my room. When I ask adults, they just say clean. I guess adults don’t have to do any homework anymore, but they just say clean. So you won’t be surprised, on the international space station guess what we have Robonaut doing? A lot of chores.,” Ambrose said.
The event is open to the public and DARPA Organizers said they hope it will help audiences to gain understanding of the current state of robotics and the potential they offer to assist mankind in the future.

NATO Fighter Aircraft Intercept Russian Military Planes over Baltic Sea

Video shot by the Dutch Royal airforce show fighter jets assigned to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission making several intercepts of groups of Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

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A NATO spokesperson said on Tuesday fighter jets assigned to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission carried out several intercepts of groups of Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea and off the coast of Norway on Monday.

Over 30 types of Russian military aircraft including bombers, fighters and transport aircraft, were involved in the intercept carried out by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said in a statement.

Lungesco said all the aircraft were in international airspace and followed a series of intercepts of similar types of Russian aircraft by NATO fighter jets over the weekend.

The statement said “While most of the intercepts conducted by NATO over the Baltic Sea are routine, the first intercept on Sunday of six Russian strategic and long-range bombers represented a significant level of activity by Russia. We saw similar activity on 31 October when four Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers and four Il-78 tanker aircraft few from Russia, over the North Sea, and down to the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Portugal. They were intercepted by Norwegian, British, and Portuguese aircraft.”

It continued “Russian military activity has been considerable during the last few months. Such activity can be destabilising and potentially dangerous, if international norms are not respected. NATO remains vigilant, and all the measures we are taking are defensive and in line with our international obligations. As NATO leaders decided at the Wales summit, we continue to adapt our structures and capabilities to ensure we are prepared to defend against any potential threat to our collective security.”

The video was shot by Dutch F-16 pilots temporarily stationed at Malbork Airbase for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission and officially released by the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

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Boeing Electromagnetic Pulse EMP Weapon “CHAMP”

Boeing’s “Champ” Electromagnetic pulse weapon made headlines almost three years ago and then the project went dark. Fact is, “Champ” is already operational with the Air Force, according to Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello. Boeing’s “CHAMP,” short for Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project. It’s essentially the old nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon that we used to worry so much about, but without the nuclear part.

CHAMP carries a small generator that emits microwaves to fry electronics with pinpoint accuracy. It targets not nations or cities but individual buildings, blacking out their electronics rather than blowing up physical targets or people. What makes CHAMP even more interesting is that, unlike a nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon, which fires once, blacking out entire states, CHAMP can fire multiple times, pinpointing and blacking out only essential targets. This would permit, for example, taking down radar defenses in a hostile state, while saving the electrical grid that supports the civilian population. In a 2012 test flight in Utah, a single CHAMP was reported to have blacked out seven separate targets in succession, in one single mission.

Boeing stated “We hit every target we wanted to,” predicting further that “in the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive.”

Three years later, that future has arrived. Air Force Research Laboratory commander Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello says CHAMP is “an operational system already in our tactical air force.”

Boeing headlines the CHAMP product, but at least two other companies are known to be involved in the project. According to Military Embedded Systems, it’s actually Raytheon that builds the electronic innards of the device, the “shooting end” of a weapon that doesn’t actually shoot anyone. Raytheon’s involvement shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the company’s expertise building complementary weapons, such as its MALD-J radar-spoofing, electronics-jamming drone.

Additionally, Lockheed Martin builds the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, Extended Range JASSM-ER, which the Air Force intends to use as CHAMP’s delivery mechanism. A cruise missile with an estimated range in excess of 600 miles, JASSM-ER will itself be deployable from combat aircraft such as F-15 and F-16 Fighter Jets, B-1 and B-52 Bombers, and the F-35 stealth fighter, extending CHAMP’s reach even further.

To date, Military Embedded Systems notes that the Air Force Research Laboratory has contracted Boeing to build only five CHAMP devices. But the trend in Pentagon acquisitions projects suggests the Air Force could soon be building these weapons in mass. From MALD-J radar-jamming drones to Switchblade kamikaze guided rockets, and now CHAMP mini-electromagnetic-pulse weapons.

The next war could be fought, more or less, entirely by remote control.

Showcasing Swiss achievements in robotics

A look inside the first Swiss Robotics Industry Day in Lausanne. The event was organised by the Swiss national competence centre in robotics. (RTS/swissinfo.ch)

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US Special Forces In Action During Heavy Intense International Special Force Hostage Rescue

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US Special Forces In Action During Heavy Intense International Special Force Hostage Rescue.

US & International Special Forces show their skills during International Special Operations Forces Week (ISOF) Capabilities Demonstration 2016.

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International SOF Week brought together U.S. and international special operations leaders to strengthen and build enduring relationships among all international SOF partners. More than 80 nations were in Tampa during ISOF Week, exchanging ideas, learning from each other and building trust.

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Pentagon drones flying domestic; declaring war on your privacy?

In 2002 the Pentagon owned 50 unmanned predator drones, but today the number has ballooned to over 7,000. Additionally the Pentagon has asked Congress for an extra $5 billion to expand the drone program. Although the Pentagon’s primary use for drones is war, they are using these weapons to spy on American citizens. Here is Marina Portnaya’s report.

These Robotic Exoskeletons Are Helping People Walk Again

Mar. 23 — Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance went to New Zealand to meet Richard Little, an inventor who has created exoskeletons that help paralyzed people walk again. Watch the full episode of ‘Hello World’:

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