REMOTE robot murder - shameless blood profits
Read this UGLY AMERICAN:
Hey! Who's Flying This Thing?
By Rich Smith | motley fool blog
November 22, 2010
"There are those that see JSF as the last manned fighter. I'm one that's
inclined to believe that."
-- Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
The last manned fighter, huh? So that's it -- Lockheed Martin wins,
everybody else loses, end of story? Well, not quite. It's been several
months since we last checked in on the UAV world, and as it turns out, quite
a lot has been happening in the field. Seems to me, it's high time for an
update on the fascinating story of flying robots ... that kill.
Where is the world is Osama bin Laden?
We begin today's column above the mountains of Northwestern Pakistan, where
just a few short weeks ago, America's flying robot army helped prevent a
massive "Mumbai-style" commando assault upon Europe's capital cities.
In September, CIA information on an impending al-Qaeda attack in Europe sent
more than a score of unmanned aerial vehicles winging their way to Pakistan,
where the ringleaders of the plot were hatching their nefarious plans. Not
everyone's pleased with the result, of course. Howls of protest over
violations of sovereignty abound. Yet if news reports are to believed, the
UAV strikes prevented a reprise of the 2008 assault on Mumbai, India, which
claimed the lives of 166 innocents in that city -- and this summer's planned
attacks would have been carried out against multiple targets in London,
Paris, and possibly Berlin.
France says: "Oui" want Predators, too
So ... whose UAVs were these, exactly, making the world "safe for
Democracy?" Odds are they were Predator drones manufactured by General
Dynamics (NYSE: GD) spinoff General Atomics -- and they're the most popular
Christmas gift item since sliced croissants. Speaking of which, we recently
learned that France wants to buy a few UAVs for its own use.
Spurred by the need for defense budget cuts, France and the U.K. said to be
collaborating to develop a new UAV jointly -- but it won't be ready before
2030 at the earliest. The U.K. is building another UAV (the BAE "Mantis")
in-house, but even that won't be ready for seven more years. Likewise, the
EADS Talarion isn't expected to arrive before 2013 at the earliest. So to
fill the gap, France wants to buy something "off the shelf" right now.
NATO recently opted to purchase eight Global Hawk UAVs from America's
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC). And the ongoing dispute between EADS and
Boeing (NYSE: BA) over the KC-X Tanker project notwithstanding, France seems
to be leaning toward GA's Predator for its own air force. (Winners if this
deal goes through would include publicly traded United Technologies (NYSE:
UTX) and Honeywell (NYSE: HON), both of which manufacture engines for the
Unarmed UAVs? How quaint.
Why would the notoriously prickly over-defense-contracts French favor an
American arms manufacturer with their largesse? One word: Necessity.
Alternative systems are largely unproven, undeveloped, or out of its price
range. In contrast, the Predator is a proven weapons platform (saving the
Eiffel Tower from a possible terrorist attack this summer couldn't've hurt.)
It's also cheaper than the EADS Talarion or Israeli Heron. Best of all --
it's got guns. Most unmanned aerial vehicles, don't you know. They're
robotic spyplanes for the most part, only capable of shooting snapshots --
and yes, you know where I'm going with this.
Let's be honest here, Fools: One of the primary reasons we invest in defense
stocks is because they're fun. They go "bang!" Blow stuff up. As P.J.
O'Rourke once put it, describing the launch of a Tomahawk missile
aboard-ship in the Persian Gulf: "The flip lid whips open, and for a moment
you see ... something emerging in light and smoke ... a tower of blast and
dazzle blanketing one bright, rising, white, fiery column ... This is the
way to waste government money."
So un-armed spy planes? They're cool and all, I guess, but where's the
"bang" for our investing bucks? Where's the "blast and dazzle?"
Guns 'r' U.S.
Hint: Ask Raytheon (NYSE: RTN). Recognizing that the biggest factor in
keeping UAVs pacifistic is their small size, Raytheon's working up a series
of small-ordnance solutions to the problem of arming tiny UAVs. Its new
Griffin "precision-guided projectile," for example, masses just one-third
the weight of the better known Hellfire missile that Predators commonly
carry, but is still capable of getting the job done. Importantly, the
Griffin rocket will be small enough to load onto a Textron (NYSE: TXT)
Shadow UAV or Boeing ScanEagle.
With Griffin and its small-ordnance peers, Raytheon's in position to arm
small UAV fleets the world over and widen the arms race in the UAV space.
Today, only a very few nations boast UAVs capable of taking offensive action
on their own. But already, ScanEagles and Shadows span the globe, landing
sales competitions in Australia and Italy, Poland and Sweden, and even
Like it or not, this business is only going to get bigger. Because unlike
the manned fighter jet, UAVs are here to stay.
You fools actually believe that murdering people in Pakistan by remote control prevented terror in Germany or France?
u2r2h cressida basra
and look up GLADIO
The terror is synthetic, the weapons for hegemony, the paymasters are the 40 million US americans on food-stamps.
Europe: 6 weeks paid vacation BY LAW,
3 years paid parental leave, bullet trains, quiet cars, cheap bio-food, best beer 24/7. FREEDOM.
everything you hear about THE EURO... is perception management. Europeans are happy if yous think that the europeans have bad times... why make you envious?
Europe is booming, public owned infrastructure is lovely and humane, leasure times are long and fear is zilch, unlike in your police-state, homeless, christian-fear psychotic purgatory of Anglo America... deeeeeep in debt and can't even trade your way back to health and properity.
Only the vulgar-capitalist bastards that even the president is powerless to reign in, they are laughing all the way to their swiss bank account.
for more insights that you are not afforded by your military 911-killer rulers. (can't be, huh?)
and congratulations, fools, for the awesome weapons. Spent all you energies on the best in killing machines, you will live by fear.
PS. shameless are those speculating in weapons' profits
privateer military .. war to make profit...
welcome to the 19th century.
instead work and party fearless, join hands and celebrate in peace and great consciousness.