What Could Be More Steampunk Than A Ukrainian Maxim Machine Gun Quad Shooting Down Iranian Drones?

The Ukrainian and Russian approaches to war could not be more opposite. Learning and innovating, creating and maintaining, Ukrainians are showing off four colonial-era Maxim machine guns (made famous in WWI) turned into a quad anti-drone machine. Ukrainians are thinking hard, and working hard in measurable ways. It has signs of long-view sustainable effeminacy. Russia … Continue reading What Could Be More Steampunk Than A Ukrainian Maxim Machine Gun Quad Shooting Down Iranian Drones?

Swarm Drones Have Flaws Nobody Is Talking About

A million years ago (when I was at NASA working on security for people like physicists designing robotics for Mars) we talked about all the obstacles to swarms being successful. Lately it seems like the script has been flipped and journalists are breathlessly warning that nothing can stop swarms. In a decade or so we … Continue reading Swarm Drones Have Flaws Nobody Is Talking About

Russian Drones Won’t Work in Russian Weather

It seems only fitting to hear Russia not only is running out of drones due to lack of planning, its remaining drones don’t work due to… what UNIAN hints was a lack of planning. Российская армия перестала применять против Украины иранские беспилотники Shahed-136 не потому, что израсходовала весь запас, а потому, что эти БПЛА не … Continue reading Russian Drones Won’t Work in Russian Weather

How Ukraine Quickly Achieved Air Superiority Against Russia

The definitive study so far of Ukraine air tactics in 2022 against Russia offers many insights. Kudos to Justin Bronk (LSE alum), Nick Reynolds and Jack Watling from the Royal United Services Institute in London. In a nutshell (and with a nod to what to expect in future “robot” wars) humans using creative mobility can … Continue reading How Ukraine Quickly Achieved Air Superiority Against Russia