Closing Thought–27Mar17

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.

Source: Blitzkrieg Redux: The Coming Warbot Revolution | RealClearDefense

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


4 thoughts on “Closing Thought–27Mar17

  1. Well, using machines to fight battles only save lives on one side, not so much the other side. The idea of war means you have to kill the other side. So using one side using robots certainly saves lives on that side.. but the bots are supposed to kill the other side. Now, if both sides have bots killing bots.. then humans from both sides die from collateral damage. But there’s the moral implication that using bots, even with the inherent precision bots bring to killing only those that need killing and not “innocents”, makes war possible and likely palatable given death and destruction is reduced. Why bother with diplomacy when you can send in a few bots to “fix” the problem and wrap things up inside of a weekend.
    Rather reminds me of an old Star Trek episode where the two warring planets fought their war via computer, it targets a location where a fake bomb would strike on the planet, compute potential casualties, then people would be assigned to go to extermination chambers to be “killed”. This allegedly saved lives and true collateral and physical damage. Of course that “sterilized” warfare so Kirk had to destroy the extermination chambers to make war bad again.. and bring both sides to the peace table. That was the mid 1960’s. It’s getting closer.

  2. Ha! I remember that episode too.
    The trouble with using war bots is that more people will be left as survivors, so the arguments will continue, and the issues remain unresolved. It will come down to something like the M.A. D. of the nuclear deterrent. “My bot is bigger than your bot”, and so on…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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