Pentagon successfully tests world’s largest micro-drone swarm

Daily News Article - January 12, 2017


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. What are Perdix?

3. What are Perdix drones able to do? How do they work?

4. a) What is the role of the Secretary of Defense?
b) What did Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who created the SCO in 2012, say about the Perdix?

5. Who/where was the Perdix developed?

6. Watch the videos under “Resources.” What do you think of this technology? - are you inspired, amazed, concerned, etc.? Explain your answer.

7. Our first thought upon seeing this news report was: Why is the government publicizing this information to our enemies?
Upon reading further, we learned that in November, SCO Director Will Roper explained that the way SCO (the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office) stays ahead of our adversaries is simple: “You just don't talk about your best capabilities.” He said, “One of the things we're going to have to remember -- and that we did quite well in the Cold War -- is to [maintain] a good balance between the capabilities that we show to the world for deterrence versus those that we keep behind the door for warfighting overmatch.” SCO has wrestled with this balance since SCO was established in 2012, Roper said, noting that SCO keeps its best ideas “behind the door and probably always will because what we owe to our future operators is an unfair fight.”
What do you think about this strategy? Explain your answer.