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Military robots: the fighting force of the future

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Technical Report,05 Jun 2015,26 May 2016

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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This monograph examines a growing culture of casualty aversion, and its effects on the need for military robots. It makes a comparison between the growing influence and effectiveness of airpower in World War II, and the current rise of military robot interaction. The theories, capabilities, acceptance, and availability of airpower made it a vital part of Allied victory in World War II. Similarly, the early theories of military robots have come to fruition, their capabilities match current military needs, they have been accepted by the US public and military, and they are cheaper and more available than ever before. Military robots are on the cusp of creating a shift in the way war is fought, the same as airpower shifted warfare in the middle of the twentieth century. These factors, combined with the aforementioned casualty aversion, make military robots the fighting force of the future.

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