The Coming Warbot Revolution!
Seems the word “BOT” is making a daily visit to the headlines…..
It appears that my major focus today is on war…then this should fit right in….
Our society has embraced the “robots” in manufacturing…..they save lives and work more efficiently and they are nor demanding a raise once a year….plus our military is using these “soldiers” more and more in our endless war scenarios….
As this military technology expands the more we will depend on these machines to do more in our fights in the future.
What will the future of this type of asymmetrical war?
But will it save lives?
We are now on the cusp of a similar revolution in warfare with the opportunity to integrate several current and near term technologies into our concept of how we will conduct military operations in the not-to-distant future. The winner of the next conflict will not likely be determined primarily by the state of their technologies, but by how well a nation’s military thinkers conceptualize future warfare in an integrated manner and then apply robotic systems, or warbots, appropriately to our way of fighting. For purposes of this discussion, warbots can be defined as robotic combat systems that can detect, identify, and apply lethal force to enemy combatants within prescribed parameters and without immediate human intervention. Using the historical lens of the blitzkrieg, we will examine two key trends that can help inform our concept of future warfare and our ability to wage it. They include: the rise of lethal warbots as primary combatants and adapting current leadership methods to a future era of manned-unmanned, or Centaur, teaming.
The idea of losing less soldiers is appealing….but what of all those that are caught between the two warring “bots”?
The lights are off and the staff is headed outside for some fresh air…..IST will return tomorrow with more “shiny” objects….chuq