Bracken Sends: COTS Drones And Their Implications

In 1974, we were shocked by the Patty Hearst kidnapping by the SLA — not the kidnapping so much as her being brainwashed into becoming a gun-toting SLA bank robber. In 2001, we were shocked when box cutters took down the WTC. in 2017 or 18, we’ll be shocked when a Zuckerberg or a Gates is assassinated by a COTS* drone. If I was a Zuck or a Gates, I’d pay to have all of my entire estates turned into “aviaries” with nets over them. For real.

After the fact, we’ll look at camera and payload capable quad drones being sold to all comers like high-powered sniper rifles being sold to anybody at Toys-R-Us. Or, “get them while you can,” depending on your POV. These are weapons of war in Mosul, and will be here soon enough.


CTC Perspectives – The Islamic State’s Drone Documents: Management, Acquisitions, and DIY Tradecraft | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

*Commercial off the shelf

36 responses to “Bracken Sends: COTS Drones And Their Implications

  1. I just happened to be watching some vids last night of the Jihadists in Mosul using drones to drop bomblets:

    R&U Videos:

  2. Wait until some bright spark combines autonomous drones that self-charge by perching on powerlines, facial recognition software, and lethal payloads of some sort. I’ll be surprised if this doesn’t happen sometime in the next ten years, or so.


    It’s all part of the natural evolution of weaponry. During Watts of 1965, the first thing the Leviathan did was close all of the gas stations so the darkies couldn’t manufacture Molotov Cocktails. Of course, no one thought to go to a sporting goods store and buy gallons of Coleman Stove Fuel(white gas), which is even more volatile than 87 octane. And no one thought to close down the hardware stores which sold galvanized 3/4″ and 1/2″ pipe which could be converted into a slam-fire 12-gauge shotguns.
    On the CH KADELS and KENNESAW websites you can purchase exotic shotgun rounds which will throw a net over a drone and bring it to earth. Necessity is the mother of invention. When the squashed cabbage leafs of the underclass dirt people/deplorables [ decide they have had enough, all of the tacti-cool, tricked-out police and sheriff ORCS with their ninja gear and FEDGOV surplus MRAPS are going to have their hands full. Keep prepping.

  4. And quite effective at giving me a 3d idea of my situation in a bad time … He who fails to realize that battlefields are a 360 degree area of operation is doomed from the get go

  5. What could you do with an RC plane that could fly 200+ MPH with a payload of 4-5 pounds?

    How about an 8′ diameter RC blimp or dirigible that could carry 15-20 pounds?

    There’s just so much cool hobbyist DIY stuff on Youtube… Pulsejets are easy, and don’t have moving parts to break down. Wouldn’t it be fun to build a replica V-1? Mmm, vengeance weapons. Bet it would be fairly easy to mount a collapsible launch rail system for that in the back of a pickup, too. For RC airshows, of course.

  6. It’s a good thing drones have to be faa registered.

    • Stewie,

      “….drones have to be faa registered.”


    • POd American

      I’m laughing sooooooo hard at this comment. It’s like saying I’m glad I have my conceal carry license.

  7. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  8. Follies of youth.
    We only had RC buggies though.
    Hot Wheels armored vehicles can be deemed fubar with eggs to the windshield,
    supersoakers and balloons. Impediments to the rear, servo-driven, drop gate may pose problems.
    Toys r us, cvs, Sunoco and a log.

  9. SemperFido

    Doorbell rings. Bill Ayers opens the door and the last thing he sees is the quad copter hovering at eye level.

  10. Ok, that was INTERESTING! Thank you Matt for posting it. The efforts there in ISIS land are a long way from what I recall. Looking at the documentation in the CTC report, the organization paperwork is impressive. As takeaways, I would offer up the analysis that the operators of the drone are not former western military, if they were, the GPS coordinates most likely would have been in WGS84 datum and read out in MGRS.

    It would be extremely interesting to see how they are “aiming” with the quad rotors. A reference point on the landing skid, perhaps? If anyone has any detail on the munition and Rube-Goldberg submunition rack/dispenser, that would be of great interest as well.

    That they are dropping tiny munitions onto some of the thinnest armor or even into the hatches of vehicles is of note. I am sure we are getting the “best of” in the clip, maybe they are just a compendium of “best of” type clips.

    The continued awful tactical employment of small arms… those guys seem allergic to learning that small arms fire should be aimed, that the medium machine gun is best employed from the bipod (rarely ever say a tripod for a PKC there). The Russians made an elegant, lightweight one that was a stamped metal thing of beauty (Samozhenkov? Stepanov?)

  11. “…In 2001, we were shocked when box cutters took down the WTC. ”

    The Patty Hearst brainwashing was child’s play compared to the brainwashing of most of USSA into believing the Box Cutter bullshit.

    • yup

      whenever anyone brings up boxcutters and the pentagram, they lose all credibility.

      i can’t understand why they do that to themselves.

  12. In the 2007 trial, the f b i admitted no c e l l calls were made on nine
    11.. zero seconds completed.

  13. Re: “Wait until some bright spark combines autonomous drones that self-charge by perching on power lines, facial recognition software, and lethal payloads of some sort. I’ll be surprised if this doesn’t happen sometime in the next ten years, or so.”

    AC, if you have not read the thriller author Daniel Suarez, you might consider picking up his book “Kill Decision,” which is a fictional work set in the near future, one in which there are autonomous drones capable of making targeting decisions (“kill decisions”) independently of any sort of data-link to a human operator. The drones are also self-sufficient in terms of being able to forage in the environment for their energy and other needs – and are capable of sophisticated swarming behavior.

    The dystopian near-term future in which these UAVs is a world in which humans are no longer combatants on the battlefield so much as targets. That’s the cautionary tale inherent in the story.

    Of course, it is fictional – but not by much.

    • Johnny Red Walker

      That ain’t the near future. The Navy and some decent research & engineering universities have been doing that for about 4 years. Oh and in case you missed it pull up a video of the Superbowl halftime show. Them stars that move fast and change colors in formation are drones. Hell the new Mavic Pro(model name & spelling?) from DJI has autonomous collision avoidance AI built in.

      It probably wouldn’t take a heck of a lot to piggyback a Raspberry Pi3 or similar SBC onto a drone and tap it into the new 4K hyper resolution camera feed and add just enough AI processing power to do facial recognition and guidance. It’s AMAZING how many of the necessary coding modules are available for free on the Internet. All you have to do is stich them together and tinker till they work like you need. There’s forums for that too.

      There was an article I have bookmarked somewhere from about 3 years ago. A couple of “humanitarian” groups in Syria were using UAVs to fly 2-4 kilogram aid packages over 30 kilometers to areas under siege from ISIS. Those birds flew on GPS aided autopilot and landed in predetermined LZs with what was described as pretty decent precision. These UAVs were winged models that appeared to be of mostly styrofoam reinforced in strategic spots with fiberglass sheeting & epoxy. Just think of the possibilities folks.

      • POd American

        I certainly hope that nobody is counting on GPS in a SHTF event….it’ll be restricted so fast you won’t know it’s gone.

        • GPS is not the only system. GLONASS is just as good, and is already in use by most nav systems. A few years back the Russians put a import tariff on smartphones and nav systems that did not receive GLONASS too. Most devices use the same GPS circuits. There is also Magellan, but it’s not supposed to be as good. There are also other nav devices that could be use as well.

          • POd American

            Sorry if you thought I was only referencing accuracy. I understand GPS; it’s L1 C/A vs. L2/3 P(Y) civilian/government only, satellite clock bias/errors/stability, ephemeris errors, satellite master v slave relationships, ionospheric errors, ambiguity error resolution, CDMA vs. FDMA, system frequency differences, and SAASM. All of this is public info, but that’s not how I know about it…..I’m sure that this post will garner some interest with the surveillance turds in our government.

            It’s just my personal belief that no system will be left standing in the scenario I mentioned. It will be a governmental race to see which system gets jammed or taken out first.

      • Fabbersmith

        Machine vision is good enough now you could with work use your camera to locate the drone by streets and rooftops. Jam proof.

    • There is a Christian website I read daily. Those people are heads-up on the new and upcoming future techno-warfare. I think I am going to add a page to my blog titled, Future Techno-Warfare. We’re talking hardware to mindware.

    • Randolph Scott

      That sounds exactly like ‘Terminator’, Skynet etc. We all know that is where civilization is headed but we have to take care of this Prog/Muzzie thing first.

  14. The military has already been successfully experimenting with drone swarms – hundreds at once. Mainly information gathering and remarkable 3D mapping, at this point, but there are pretty clear weapons applications that are a simple extension. Hundreds of small, weaponized drones, acting in a coordinated fashion, would be hard to defend against.

  15. ALCON,

    It wouldn’t hurt to secure a drone now while you can. The Phantom 4 by DJI being one of the easiest to fly. DJI has just released an improved model. They update product regularly. Of course one has to buy the updated model to get the improvements. However, as stated above, more weaponized versions with immense capabilities are forthcoming. I believe it willl be far less than 10 years before deadlier capabilities are available. I also believe the Deep State will regulate them if not outright ban “civilian” ownership of drones.

    The price of a drone is only the beginning. You will need a tablet (Apple works best) to be your “instrument panel” along with spare batteries (they ain’t cheap) to allow for extended training/flight times.

    If the shit hits the fan and the enemy arrayed against Nationalist Freedom lovers is one’s beloved .gov, the confrontation won’t be like Lexington Green. Fedgov/Stategov have a vast assembly of technology at their hands.

    For instance, Army National Guard combat arms battalions are equipped with Raven drones at battalion level. Their Raven pilots train with them regularly. They will be a vital source of intel gathering for the BC and company commanders. So, be advised….a domestic confrontation between FREEFOR and .gov will have the money in Vegas on .gov winning.

    Army Guard units are Big Army’s source of Reserve Component combat troops. They are not your neighborhood militia. They are fedgov assets.

    Army Reserve provides the cooks, bakers and candlestick makers. The Guard provides the combat power. They are organized, well-funded and train regularly. Guard combat arms units are being trained more and more at JRTC and NTC. Those two week summer camps are a thing of the past. Big Army is funding extended training (UTA – Unit Training Assemblies) weekends during the TY. Their “summer camps” have long given way to what is now “annual training”. But, I digress.

    Research drone opportunities. Consider buying one and ancillary equipment. Practice with it. Fly it. Add it to your effort to get to the range and work and having a family life. Do the best you can.


    Be aware.


    • Grey Ghost

      Great idea. I am wondering which drone has the most useful “LIFT/LOAD Capability” just in case I wanted it to carry some other “gear” besides cameras? Starting some research right now.

      CA, maybe a new thread on this?

      Grey Ghost

  16. I imagine any secure facility is going to have something like this these days, and maybe any VIP protective detail…but middle management types still go to the grocery store and jog in their neighborhoods like the rest of the peasants, if you wanted to photograph them with a drone.

  17. Grenadier1

    These are all good ideas, I think I actually posted a link to that video from ISIS a few weeks back in the comments section for something.
    Problem is like all things, this requires a level of specialization.
    We cant, each and every one of us, be a rifleman, comm expert, drone pilot, medic, planning / intel section, sniper, spec ops ninja.

    Jack of all trades, sounds great for the rugged individualist. People tend to forget the rest of the saying, Master of None.
    We lose this if we dont get an “A” game out of these different areas of expertise.

    • “We lose this if we dont get an “A” game out of these different areas of expertise.”

      Exactly correct.

      • Amen Brother’s the 64 dollar question is will Freefor awake to that fact in time…

    • Grey Ghost

      I would say the USMC philosophy of every man is a rifleman first is a good place to start. Then pick one or two other specialties and work on those. I think it’s not too far fetched to think 2-3 “other” specialties is not out of the question. Much beyond that though and I agree then you’ll be master of none.

      Grey Ghost