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Drone Swarms as You Know Them Are Just an Illusion—for Now

Liam CobbPhoto by: Liam Cobb Look at all the pretty drones. Hovering above sports stadiums from Houston to Pyeongchang, many hundreds of them have lately sparkled in artful murmuration. On a recentTime magazine cover, 958 drones pixelated the sky. The world record, 1,374 LED-bedazzled microbots, was set by Chinese company EHang UAV in May. So-called drone swarms—the phrase people have taken up with gusto—are having their biggest, buzziest year ever. It’s an evocative word,swarms, and innocuous enough when applied to one ofIntel’s drone light shows. But it’s tinged with alarm—if drones can dance at twilight, they can also attack. Sure enough, a gang outside Denver sent a small fleet to harass FBI agents on a raid earlier this year. In Syria, rebels reportedly sicced a squadron of quadrotors on a Russian base. To the media, both events were swarms. Take comfort, then, in this buzzkill: “The swarm is really an illusion,” says Mac Schwager, an assistant professor at Stanford who studies mul…

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Putin lauds Russian military’s top-notch combat readiness as guarantee for global balance

MOSCOW, May 31. /TASS/. The Russian army’s combat capability guarantees the protection of Russia’s interests and maintains the global balance, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated during a ceremony devoted to officers promoted to higher military ranks.
"Our armed forces' utmost combat capability, their modern equipment, and, most importantly, the courage and bravery of Russian soldiers and officers, ensure the protection of Russia’s sovereignty and freedom, its national interests and security, and guarantee global peace and balance on the planet," Putin stated.
The Russian leader also set out the priorities for military construction, noting that they have already been discussed during recent meetings with military generals and army representatives in Sochi.
"We are talking about strengthening the nuclear triad, improving the weapon arsenal of the Russian Aerospace Forces, the Russian Navy, and steadily developing all types of forces," he specified. Putin also stressed that "special attention should be paid to the military training of units and subdivisions."