DARPA (the actual inventor of the internet!) has now come up with a way to "swarm" the battlefield with fleets of unmanned aircraft. The mother ship is a modified C-130 cargo plane, which will launch the "Gremlins" and hopefully retrieve them for future use. Already tested at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, the system is supposedly on track for a full-scale technology demonstration next year.
This is an amazing book, a micro-masterpiece. Omer Bartov's mother came from Buczacz in a much-trampled part of Eastern Europe that the Austrians called Galicia, the Second Polish Republic knew as its own kresy (borderland), and today is located in southwest Ukraine. (Between these formal changes, Buczacz was variously occupied by Hitler's Germany and -- twice! -- by Stalin's Russia.) Typical of Eastern Europe in the inter-war years, it had a mixed population, each with its own language, religion, and grievances. Poles were in the catbird's seat until September 1939, when the Russians came and let the Jews have a turn at government while the Polish "fascists" were marginalized or killed or exiled to the Soviet Union. The wheel turned again, and more ominously, when the Germans arrived in 1941. Formerly neighbors and acquaintances -- friends, even -- the Hungarians eagerly helped murder and dispossess the Jews, while lording it over the Poles, their former masters. With admirable even-handedness, Mr Bartov interviews the survivors and marvels at how differently each group remembered the slaughter. Anatomy of a Genocide is the perfect companion to Timothy Snyder's macro-masterpiece, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. Blue skies! — Dan Ford
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