Secret Drone Bases

Written By Nick Hodge

Posted October 1, 2011

Anwar al-Awlaki is dead.

His demise likely came at the hands of a twenty-something playing a video game miles away.

That’s increasingly how war (and medical operations and trading) is carried out: by remote.

In the case of al-Awlaki, two Predator drones hovered above his convoy and rained down Hellfire missiles.

It’s really cutting-edge stuff. And it takes cutting-edge technology and materials to make it all happen.

I recently toured a brand-new facility that produces a beryllium alloy increasingly being used in drones like the ones deployed this week in Yemen.

The engineer that makes it is the only one who knows how…

And demand for it will only grow.

The Washington Post reported last week: “The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases… in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen.”

I guess it’s working. We’ve carried out lethal drone attacks in six different countries.

Of course, that’s only one example of technology’s exponential leaps and the resources fueling it.

Smartphones, smart cars, cloud computing, increased processor speeds, etc., are all becoming par for the course — not to mention the Third World’s thirst for it all.

And raw materials (resources, commodities, whatever you want to call them) are what’s driving all this.

You can’t have a smartphone without plastic from oil and circuitry/hardware from rare earths and other rare metals.

You can’t have anything, really, that has no ties to oil and minerals.

So don’t fear the banking and currency and credit woes that have made you (and even me) question your desire to invest…

There’s always a bull market somewhere.

You can find it in the coverage below.

Call it like you see it,

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