Welcome to the episode number 23 of the Authors of Mass Destruction podcast. My name is Natasha Bajema, aka WMDgirl on Twitter. I’m a fiction author, national security expert and your host for this podcast.
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- Personal update –This is my last episode for a month. I expect to be back on the air the Sunday after Labor Day and am planning to focus more on biological weapons this next season.
- My headline for this week is “UPS paves profitable path for drone deliveries as it prepares for nationwide takeoff” published on July 23 on Yahoo Finance.
- The drones are coming.
- UPS expects to receive FAA approval to conduct drone delivery anywhere in the USA by the end of this year.
- Commercial drone use remains heavily restricted in the United States.
- creation of a new drone subsidiary called UPS Flight Forward
- already using drones to deliver blood samples and specimens in North Carolina as part of a pilot program; they are looking to expand their collaboration with hospital systems
- Not sure when they might get into parcel delivery
- Other companies such as Google and Amazon are looking to get into drone delivery
Let’s get to my interview. This week I talk to Dr. Vince Houghton. He’s a historian, the curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., the creative director of the SPYCAST podcast, a U.S. army veteran, and he’s just released new nonfiction book called Nuking the Moon and Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board