Here’s a darned good use of technology to accomplish the mission and reducing the risk to our troops. Launching an unmanned aircraft by throwing it in the air might not sound too technologically advanced, but with surveillance equipment and auto navigational systems it could be the difference between life and death. This aircraft, known as a “Raven,” is operated by 2 soldiers who use it as an “eye in the sky” around the base. Once the Raven is airborne, the troops need only to control take offs and landings, while the aircraft does everything in between on its own. The Raven monitors situations on the ground and sends a live feed back. Rather than sending soldiers into potentially dangerous situations, the Raven can be sent instead.