This would be trivial in a modern *nix, but for some reason most of the UAS companies prefer to use windows. Some even use Windows CE on the actual bird. I can't fathom why personally, but they do.
I remember something called the "M&M" principle from a book i read as a kid. I don't remember the book, though, so any reply as to the source would be appreciated.
The basic principle is this: if you take a jar of red, green and blue indestructible M&M's and shake it for a million years, at any point in those million years there will be huge clumps of red, green and blue M&M's, interspersed with regions of near perfect dispersion. Never (or at least extremely rarely) will the entire jar be entirely evenly dispersed, or as evenly grouped as it was when you started. The explanation for this was that, of all possible arrangements that those M&M's can be in, almost all will show clumps and evenly mixed regions, only a few will be nearly all evenly dispersed or all grouped.
I tend to stick to Cowboy Neal.
This encourages a mental image that i would rather not have.
Funny you should quote John Wayne, since he normally portrays values of fairness. It's not about dying for your country, it's about fighting fairly while still doing everything to win.
All I'm saying is those who don't fight fair should not also expect to be *respected* for their efforts.
Is this a boxing match or a war?
In WWII the US did intentionally slaughter a couple hundred thousand civilians in Dresden and Japan
And Berlin, Monte Cassino, Okinawa, Tokyo, etc...
I'm not going to justify these actions, they were horrendous. Nonetheless, they were all done for the purpose of ending the war.
Not the intended goal of the insurgents whom we are fighting, who are actively seeking out such conflict.
They might own the ground in the war zone, but we own the air.
The problem with this philosophy is, simply put, we own the ground also. Decisively. Yet they are still there.
Their goal is not traditional military superiority, their goal is to win the political game. As proof of how effective their campaign may eventually be, consider this. The U.S. won every battle in Vietnam. Every single one. Most by an embarrassingly huge margin. But, who has control of the Vietnam peninsula today? How did they achieve this?
"Engineering meets art in the parking lot and things explode." -- Garry Peterson, about Survival Research Labs