27 Apr 2010
In an effort to minimize civilian casualties, the CIA is using smaller missiles and more advanced surveillance techniques to target suspected insurgents in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Some of these efforts, as highlighted by the Washington Post, include a 21-inch Small Smart Weapon that is roughly the diameter of a coffee cup with four different guidance systems that allow it to home in on targets as small as a single person, in complete darkness, as well as “Micro-UAVs.” These are un-manned surveillance drones that carry no weapons and can be roughly the size of a pizza platter. They are capable of monitoring potential targets at close range, for hours or days at a stretch. At night, they can be nearly impossible to detect. Wow. Little pizza platter-sized drones floating through the air – without anyone seeing them. Invisible GEOINT that causes more accuracy and decreases the likelihood for civilian casualties. Sounds like a step in the right direction. Read the full Washington Post article here.