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Cyborg Soldier 2050: Human/Machine Fusion and the Implications for the Future of the DoD

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2018,31 Aug 2019

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CCDC CBC APG United States

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The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Alexandria, VA established the DOD Biotechnologies for Health and Human Performance Council BHPC study group to continually assess research and development in biotechnology. The BHPC group assesses scientific advances for improved health and performance with potential military application identifies corresponding risks and opportunities and ethical, legal, and social implications and provides senior leadership with recommendations for mitigating adversarial threats and maximizing opportunities for future U.S. forces. At the direction of the BHPC Executive Committee, the BHPC study group conducted a year-long assessment entitled Cyborg Soldier 2050 HumanMachine Fusion and the Impact for the Future of the DOD. The primary objective of this effort was to forecast and evaluate the military implications of machines that are physically integrated with the human body to augment and enhance human performance over the next 30 years. This report summarizes this assessment and findings identifies four potential military-use cases for new technologies in this area and assesses their impact upon the DOD organizational structure, warfighter doctrine and tactics, and interoperability with U.S. allies and civil society.

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  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

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