Thursday, February 21, 2013

al Qaeda's 22 Anti-Drone Tips

The US government has its panties in a twist that al Qaeda is disseminating a list of 22 tips on how to avoid getting killed by American drones. For the most part these tips are common sense tactics that have been used successfully for decades, even centuries.

Post Lookouts
8. Discovering the presence of a drone through well-placed reconnaissance networks. Posting lookouts is one of the oldest military tactics known. While drones are small and can fly at high altitudes when they are hunting they have to be low enough to spot their targets making lookouts a reasonable strategy.

Radio Jamming
Four of the tips relate to various jamming techniques. Certainly the greatest vulnerability of drones is that they are completely dependent on radio communication. It's possible to use frequency hopping to defeat jammers but it is also possible to defeat frequency hopping.

Decoys
18. Formation of fake gatherings such as using dolls and statutes to be placed outside false ditches to mislead the enemy. I love this because it is right out of the American playbook. During World War II the Americans organized an entire fake army, complete with inflatable tanks, and placed their best tactician, George Patton, in command. For al Qaeda to create fake terrorist meetings to attract drones is brilliant.

Run, Scatter
19. When discovering that a drone is after a car, leave the car immediately and everyone should go in different direction because the planes are unable to get after everyone.What could be more common sensible?

Hide
This. Half the tips involve hiding underground and under trees, using camouflage, don't stay in one place long enough to become a target, don't use radio communications. Basically, make yourself hard to target.

Now that domestic police are acquiring drones these tips are advice all Americans should consider.

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