Extending Marshall McLuhan – Second Edition
Chapter 32. Weapons
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Content and extension: Weapons extend the arm and the fist.
LOM: Weapons enhance offense and defense, obsolesce peace and security, retrieve Abel and Cain, and reverse into conflict.
The military are making use of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, and UGV (unmanned ground vehicles) to increase mission performance, combat effectiveness, and personnel safety. The UAV provide aerial reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence gathering, and the adjustment of artillery and mortar fire. UGVs can detect, neutralize, and breach minefields and other obstacles; perform reconnaissance, surveillance, and target-acquisition tasks; dispose of unexploded and explosive ordnance; provide physical security; perform logistics, fire fighting, and weapons employment; engage in urban warfare; and operate in contaminated and other denied areas. Unmanned blimps are also being used in the war in Iraq because of their ability to remain aloft for long periods of time. UAV or drones have also been used by the USA military to kill enemy combatants, usually terrorists. ← 267 | 268 →
Drones that were strictly a military technology have a number of non-military applications such as search-and-rescue missions in inaccessible terrains, aerial surveying of crops, aerial footage in filmmaking, inspection of power and pipe lines, and delivering medical supplies to inaccessible or difficult-to-reach places. In addition to these applications, drones are very useful for visual inspection of a variety of scenarios in a cost-effective manner. Drones are also available to hobbyists and can be purchased for as little...
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