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The Human Face of Big Data

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Big Data finally has its own coffee table book. From Day in the Life series creators Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, The Human Face of Big Data is bursting with stories of Big Data modern miracles, promising even those will soon seem quaint. It’s a visually stunning effort on behalf of Big Data public relations. . . .
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The White Paper, the Public Authority Defense, and “Five Truths About the Drone War”

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Earlier this week—at the Week, naturally enough—Marc Ambinder posted this piece, ”Five Truths about the Drone War.”  Of the five, the second of Ambinder’s verities struck me as most noteworthy.  I’ve supplied the emphasis to Ambinder’s words: 2. The CIA does not “fly” drones. It “owns” drones, but the Air Force flies them. The Air Force coordinates (and . . .
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Hard Issues Raised by Jeh Johnson’s Speech

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Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I agree entirely with Ken that DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson’s speech on the end-of-conflict with al Qaeda “makes a serious attempt to grapple with the conditions defining the endgame” and is “a significant articulation of the US government’s view of law and policy on counterterrorism.”  Here is the most important passage in the speech: “on . . .
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Thoughts on Martial Arts and LOAC

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Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The other day, I posted an email from Major John Harwood of the U.S. Air Force in connection with the coming Lawfare Drone Smackdown. It reads in relevant part: . . . you’ve established your own LOAC. “No drone can be attacked while it is on the ground either following a crash or during its . . .
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Very Interesting Comment on the Lawfare Drone Smackdown

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I just received a very interesting email from Major John Harwood, USAF, whom I met recently at the MILOPS Conference in Singapore, in response to my post this morning about the coming Drone Smackdown: I love the Drone Smackdown, and even better, you’ve established your own LOAC. “No drone can be attacked while it is . . .
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The Drunken Predator Speaks

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Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Over at Foreign Policy, the mysterious author of the @drunkenpredator Twitter feed has an essay that begins: Every morning, the hangar doors roll open and the sunlight flares my electro-optical sensors. I drag myself onto the flight line, load up my pylons with Hellfire and Griffin missiles, and try to get some coffee into my . . .
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Charles Dunlap on the Discussion Started by Mark Mazzetti, The Drone Zone

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Continuing the discussion surrounding issues of personal risk and combat in relation to drone warfare (Anderson on Mazzetti, Corn, and Rona, we add this comment from Charles Dunlap, professor at Duke University Law School and a major general (ret.) in the Judge Advocate Corps in the US Air Force (I’ll post one or two more . . .
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They Also Serve Who Sit and Wait In Cubicles Far Away, or, Mark Mazzetti, ‘The Drone Zone’

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Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Mark Mazzetti is a fine reporter at the New York Times and I follow his work closely on the front pages, but reading his new piece in the Sunday New York Times Magazine this week, “The Drone Zone,” it seems to me he was straining – hard – to find something to justify the expense . . .
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Air Force Network Administrators Learned About the Drone Virus from Wired Magazine [Updated]

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Jack highlighted a Wired story last week about a computer virus infecting the Air Force’s drone fleet, including the virtual “cockpits” at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. Wired reported on Tuesday that no one at Creech told the Air Force’s network administrators of the infection for two weeks. Instead, technicians at the base attempted to deal with . . .
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