Will fear of new AI drones motivate Russia to preemptively attack Ukraine, and is this new warfare the end of resistance to Big Tech?

When reading the two articles from Aljazeera linked below it becomes very clear that Western nations must either fully commit to an AI military defense system or go for an option like a cobalt atomic defense system without AI and without mass surveillance in civilian society.

But Western critics of AI surveillance, like moderate cultural conservatives for example, will probably not be able to stop the merger of Big Tech and the old military-industrial complex, as it’s described in this NSCAI report.

The two articles below are maybe the final nails in the coffin of alternatives to libertine woke Big Tech surveillance states. Without popular support in favor of a non-AI defense system it’s pretty clear now that military concerns in Cold War 2 will also lead to civilian AI that gradually bulldozes cultural conservatism in the West, since woke libertines control the AI surveillance systems, and they control mainstream entertainment propaganda too. Organized crime is also a “dead man walking” (to use a metaphor from death row), a phenomenon that will disappear when tiny AI recon drones and IoT sensors become almost omnipresent (in a cashless society). I guess that the freedom of original humanity can now only be saved if a major war destroys the Big Tech centers of the world. Because the following is the beginning of future high-tech warfare, accompanied by massive AI surveillance in civilian life (if things in Ukraine and Taiwan don’t spin out of control and trigger an intercontinental war first).

Aljazeera (April 11, 2021):

Ukraine turns to Turkey as Russia threatens full-scale war

“While Turkey spars with the United States and other Western European leaders over the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile system and the conflict in Syria, the aspiring NATO country of Ukraine has developed strong ties with Ankara.” (…)

“In 2017, the countries created a passport-free travel zone and they are currently working on the implementation of a free-trade agreement, which leaders say will more than double the level of bilateral trade between them.” (…)

“But it is Ukraine’s purchase of Turkey’s combat drones, which military experts and analysts are watching closely, especially as tensions in eastern Ukraine heat up.”

“Turkey has positioned itself as a niche exporter of UCAVs (unmanned combat aerial vehicles) and promoted them for success on battlefields in Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh. In the latter conflict, Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 drone is widely credited with helping to tip the balance of power towards Azerbaijan in that country’s war with Armenia.” (…)

“In 2018, Ukraine bought six Bayraktar TB2 drones and 200 high-precision missiles from Turkey as part of a $69m defence agreement.”

“Ukrainian military experts closely studied the use of the drone in Nagorno-Karabakh. They say the similarities between Azerbaijan’s fight against Armenia in that conflict, and Ukraine’s struggle to wrest back control of its breakaway region from another set of Russian supplied forces bodes well for Kyiv.”

““We know that Russian capacity is not enough in the face of Turkish UAV’s,” said Ozturk. “They would give the upper hand to Ukrainian forces. Russian backed separatists have their edge, but they are not capable of stemming the new UAVs.”

“After engaging in seven years of conflict with Russian-backed separatists, many in Kyiv appear anxious to test the new Turkish technology on the battlefield and see if it can lead to winning back any territory.” (…)

“Turkish drones deployed in eastern Ukraine allow Ankara to bring its military capabilities to a festering war at Russia’s border.”

“The chance of replicating the successful combination of Turkish drones and military expertise that led to victory in Nagorno-Karabakh is surely tempting to risk-takers in Kyiv and Ankara.”

Aljazeera (Oct 11, 2020):

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is ushering in a new age of warfare

“Drones, sensors and long-range weapons have given one side a clear edge in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.” (…)

“It is not just the use of drones that has been so decisive. The modern battlespace is filling up with sensors, making it far easier to spot an adversary from far off. Drones, armed or not, are effectively sensor platforms, feeding vital information about the enemies’ movements back to command centres.”

“This, coupled with ground detection radar – which is able to pick up moving or concealed tanks and armoured vehicles, day or night – means that it is now increasingly hard to hide on the battlefield.”

“With movement, and therefore tactics, detected, long-range artillery and air raids are brought to bear, often with devastating results. Turkey used this successfully in northern Syria and these lessons have clearly been passed on to the Azerbaijanis in their recent joint exercises.”

“These tactics have been so effective that many commentators have openly talked about the demise of the tank as an effective instrument of warfare. There is no doubt that tactics will have to change in order for it to survive. Electronic jamming of radar and drone signals – to counter the enemy’s sensors, effectively blinding them – and sending in tanks with adequate air defence are two potential changes.” (…)

“The US Marines Corp is downsizing its number of heavy tanks and the British army is also considering the same, preferring nimbler, more enabled, net-centric forces that would not only survive but prevail in the conflicts of the future. The preference for sensors, drones and long-range attack weapons is what will end up defining success on the modern battlefield.” (…)

“Combined with the clouds of sensors saturating the battlefield, these new systems have the ability to travel further with pinpoint accuracy, no longer needing to blanket an area with warheads in order to guarantee destruction of a target. They are now able to find and destroy a target sometimes hundreds of kilometres away.”

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