The military knows much of its technology is effectively neutralized by off-the-shelf software, men on motorcycles, and cattle. In fact, in the $250 million Millennium Challenge 2002 war simulation, General Paul Van Riper played the poorly-equipped enemy and totally defeated the combined technological prowess of the joint U.S. military command in front of Donald Rumsfeld. Van Riper simulated the sinking of 14 U.S. warships. It was so bad they had to restart the games and Van Riper quit in disgust. The military/industrial complex has been investing trillions in technology that does not work as it should. It puts our soldiers in danger and leads to counter-productive policies such as drones. Did you know that drones have 20/200 vision and would be legally blind in a driver’s test? On a scale of 1 to 9 where 1 is the identification of a jumbo jet and 9 is the identification of a human face, the drone only scores 2.7. Yet, we use this legal blindness to order wildly inaccurate killings in the middle east. Drones are so disregarded by terrorists that they can hire someone to install roadside bombs for only $15. However, innocent civilians who want to love America hate drones for the destruction of families and communities. Listen to more stories in one of the most amazing conversations you’ll ever hear with military specialist and author Andrew Cockburn.
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