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Remote controlled drones have been used in combat since the earliest days of the so-called War on Terror, keeping insurgent groups across the globe perpetually fearful of death raining down from above. But what about from below? Now, thanks to an Israeli tech firm, that’s an option, too.
Designed by General Robotics Ltd., DOGO is the earthbound equivalent of the ubiquitous combat drone. And this pint-sized trooper — described by Defense News as the “world’s first inherently armed tactical combat robot” — could revolutionize the way commando units and SWAT teams conduct counterterrorism operations around the world, which is precisely what it was created to do.
DOGO weighs roughly 26 pounds and can be carried in one hand by a fully armed commando. While it’s named after the Dogo Argentino, a breed of big game-hunting mastiffs, DOGO more closely resembles, say, a rat terrier or a chihuahua, except this particular breed comes armed with a Glock 26 9mm pistol that fires 14 rounds in a single burst.
According to Defense News, DOGO was designed with input from the Israeli police’s counterterror unit and the Defense Ministry’s research and development directorate to combat terrorism.
“No robot out there on the market is organically designed to engage the target,” Shahar Gal, General Robotics’ vice president for business development, told Defense News.
DOGO is controlled via a so-called Ranger remote control unit that allows the user to remain at a safe distance from the target he intends to shoot. The robot is equipped with eight micro-video cameras that offer a 360-degree view of the objective, as well as two boresight cameras for firing the pistol.
As seen in the video, DOGO, which is battery-powered and runs for about four hours on a single charge, can function like a robotic scout, or assassin. It intuitively climbs stairs, clears obstacles, and creeps up on its target as quietly as a church mouse. But it’s not cheese DOGO is after. It’s blood.
The fact that DOGO doesn’t look like the Terminator might be what makes it so lethal. If a shotgun-toting Schwarzenegger walks through the door, you’re jumping out the window. But this little guy? You might be more inclined to risk it — that is, if you even realize he’s in the room. And then you’ll get shot. Or blinded, if the operator chooses to fire pepper spray, which is also an option.
According to Defense News, General Robotics will formally unveil DOGO at the Eurosatory Exhibition in Paris next month, and is on course to begin production soon.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
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The U.S. Air Force has two of its most elite aircraft — the B-2 Spirit bomber and the F-22 Raptor — training together in the Pacific, reassuring America's allies and sending a warning to strategic competitors and adversaries about the sheer power the U.S. brings to the table.
These stunning photos show the powerful aircraft tearing across the Pacific, where the U.S. has increasingly found itself facing challenges from a rising China.