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Of Fort Benning, Ga. Tech, and ‘look-ma, no-hands’ warfare

Important, Skynet-like doings have been happening down in Columbus. From the Washington Post:

One afternoon last fall at Fort Benning, Ga., two model-size planes took off, climbed to 800 and 1,000 feet, and began criss-crossing the military base in search of an orange, green and blue tarp.

The automated, unpiloted planes worked on their own, with no human guidance, no hand on any control.

After 20 minutes, one of the aircraft, carrying a computer that processed images from an onboard camera, zeroed in on the tarp and contacted the second plane, which flew nearby and used its own sensors to examine the colorful object. Then one of the aircraft signaled to an unmanned car on the ground so it could take a final, close-up look.

Target confirmed.

This successful exercise in autonomous robotics could presage the future of the American way of war: a day when drones hunt, identify and kill the enemy based on calculations made by software, not decisions made by humans. Imagine aerial …

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Fort Benning military begins ‘courtesy patrols’ of downtown Columbus

Over the Easter weekend, military personnel from Fort Benning began “courtesy” patrols in downtown Columbus, accompanying civilian police into local hotspots. From WRBL News 3:

The arrangement comes after a beating incident, allegedly involving five soldiers, earlier this month. From today’s Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, an officer and senior non-commissioned officer will walk up and down Broadway from about 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., seeking to keep the peace.

“We’re going to be stepping inside bars, clubs and restaurants that run between Ninth and 12th Street and asking security guards and bouncers whether there’ve been any problems,” said 1st Lt. David Fabozzi. “For example, if the soldier’s too drunk, we can ask him to get in a cab or we can ask for him to call for a ride. We cannot physically restrain the soldier in any way and if it comes to the point when the confrontation is about to get physical, we can ask the Columbus Police Department …

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