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Swarm Troopers: How small drones will conquer the world by [Hambling, David]
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"Military readers the world over should find this a highly relevant title" -- Andy Kay, Soldier magazine

"Swarm Troopers represents a good basic primer and introduction to this emerging threat — and new Army capability — area" - 'Infantry' magazine.

"A First-rate, non-technical overview of a rather frightening subject - 9/10" - Andrew May, FT

An entertaining, informative and sometimes terrifying account by technology journalist David Hambling on the past, present and future of unmanned aircraft -- and how swarms of small drones might just be the ultimate weapon.

Small unmanned aircraft are already transforming warfare, with US forces deploying thousands of hand-launched scouts like the Raven and lethal tactical drones like Switchblade. ISIS has started using home-made kamikaze drones in Syria.

A bigger revolution is on the way, as swarming software allows a single operator to control large numbers of drones, and smartphone technology means they can be built for $1,000 each -- by anybody, not just governments.

This book looks at the history of drone warfare, the rise of big drones like the Predator and how they are being eclipsed by smaller unmanned aircraft. And how the future is being shaped by smartphone technology, swarm software, miniaturised munitions and energy-harvesting that allows small drones to fly forever.

It also looks at why current air defence cannot stop the swarms, and what drone swarms will mean for the balance of power and future wars.

The Swarm Troopers are coming. Will we be ready for them?

Visit the website http://www.swarm-troopers.com/ for the latest on small drones, from ISIS' first use of explosive suicide drones to China's million-drone Christmas, and a home-made flamethrowing drone

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great research, needs some editing 17 April 2016
By Glen Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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The basic premise is that technology on drones has developed so dramatically in recent years that small swarms of them could threaten even the United States military, including our own massive nuclear supercarriers. I had initial objections to this premise, as likely most readers will have, but Hambling does a very thorough job of going step by step through his argument and documenting every point with government and commercial sources that seem to know what they are talking about.

Most people are familiar with the drones that are used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan that look like pilotless gliders and carry names like Predator and Raptor. Those are still being used, actually quite extensively. But Hambling states that the move has gone to smaller and smaller craft, ostensibly for reconnaissance, and the military is using them now, even on a unit basis. Many of them look like the small quadcopters you see sold at Best Buy and Radio Shack. In fact, competition among commercial electronics firms has the military in many cases buying their equipment straight off the rack rather than waiting for their own R & D to develop it.

At the same time, advancements in explosives development has made larger booms come from much smaller packages, meaning that a very small quadcopter could be responsible for decimating as much as an entire building. The premise is frightening.

There are some problems with this book, however. It's self published, and there are many proofreading errors in it. He does a great job of including sources, which I am very grateful, but he builds an argument that still feels one sided. Often it sounds as if the military is either totally stupid and ignoring a potential problem, or that they just aren't telling him what their possible solution is. In either case, the picture is only half there, I believe.

The book goes on longer than I thought it needed to. I thought there was lots of good information here, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the subject, but there may be some areas that might call for some skimming.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on both the history and state of the art of drone technology. 15 December 2015
By Terry Gafron/CEO Bio Inspired Technologies - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book on both the history and state of the art of drone technology. Well-researched and enjoyable to read, this book begins by introducing the reader to some of the fascinating precursors to modern day drone technology... bat bombs, Fu-Go balloons etc. and ends with some very detailed discussion about the possibilities presented by drone swarm technology. In the middle are fascinating revelations about who is working on drone technology, where the edges of the technology are, and the politics of drone technology. I found the book to be immensely thought provoking. The question in many technology circles is often; "If the technology is the best, why is it not implemented by us?". Swarm Troopers addresses that question in many ways that will likely surprise (and possibly anger) the reader. The presentation of the logistics and consequences of drone swarms predicted to be used for war purposes in the future are comprehensive and presented from a variety of perspectives. If you are interested in, or concerned about drone warfare, you will find this book an excellent time investment.
3.0 out of 5 stars The things. Three of them. 14 June 2017
By Peter M. Kilkenny - Published on Amazon.com
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Three things.

#1 - Fire your editor. If I'm reading your book and wishing I had a red pen to circle the typos/grammatical errors, your editor sucks.

#2 - Outstanding work on hypothesis as it relates to potential uses of various types of drones and your history of unmanned airborne whatnots was quite the interesting read.

#3 - You seriously need to update your information sources on actual military operations. Your historical references are solid but man oh man, your information on current military ops are less than heroic. (Ex. A patriot battalion can fire 16 missiles. That's just flat out incorrect.)

That aside, it was a decent way to kill time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of drone development and likely uses 26 January 2016
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting look at drone development over the course of the twenty and twenty first centuries. While I agree with the overarching theory the author presents, I think the book underestimates the challenges associated with widespread use of, and programming of, drone swarms, and how long they'll take to overcome. Battery technology is stubbornly slow to progress, and many of the author's visions rely on higher power densities and longevity than current, or even next generation batteries offer. That said, my opinion as a reviewer is presumably less valid than the author's, who clearly spent a lot of time talking to the researchers involved in the automation and deployment of drones.

To be fair, the final chapter makes it clear the author recognizes the substantial hurdles to true automation and long duration deployments for drones, but I feel the previous chapters glossed over those hurdles too quickly, and presumed the developments were a foregone conclusion.

I think the most plausible conclusions he drew were in the final chapter. Namely, that drones are the most pressing security risk that hasn't seen a lot of press coverage thus far. International, and more often domestic, terrorists could easily take advantage of off the shelf technology to target either the public or specific individuals and infrastructure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's poorly written and the copy editing is even worse - but that's a small price to pay for ... 4 August 2016
By OPSEC S. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is hugely important if you want to understand where warfare is going in the next 20 years. It's poorly written and the copy editing is even worse - but that's a small price to pay for up-to-date information. Strongly recommended for military theorists.