Not related to the Army drone base a short distance away, the CIA and Niger confirm to the New York Times (we’re web-only subscribed through mid-2019) the development of this Niger-located drone base in the Sahara Desert.
Just a passing yellow carnation of techxiety to fuel some thoughts for the day.
The quick setup of such infrastructure and slow updates of satellite data in many portions of Google Earth make this task a big challenge no matter the vigilance. There’s no guarantee of any dystopic outcome but identifying bases and becoming familiar with what’s happening where can only keep you sharp; sharp against whom or what? how should I know? But in this context, sharp is good nonetheless.
It’s not paranoia if it’s tech. We said that. It’s not always true if you find it online but it’s a heck of a mental exercise to imagine the benefits and risks of just what’s possible even if today’s technology is on the clunky side; that only means the proof-of-concepts are still justifying cheaper, smaller mass production.