Blue Thunder is no longer a cautionary tale of the future. The Miami-Dade police department is in the process of purchasing it’s own UAV.
Terrorism expert Douglas Haas, however, believes that the drones will help in many ways, including fighting crime. “This has unlimited capabilities,” said Haas. “Not only is it good tactically for a SWAT call out or any tactical situation, there’s numerous search and rescue applications for it after a hurricane. They could send one of these up fast and assess damage.”
Terrorism is being used as the necessity for the tool to further the police state. As for using one after a hurricane, that’s assuming your operating facility, and hanger survived. During a state of emergency such as that however, assistance could be requested from the national guard. Further begging the question, why does Miami-Dade need it’s own UAV?
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.