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Pentagon considers using robots to replace human troops

The army is looking at proposals to replace thousands of soldiers with warrior robots, as self-operating vehicles.
The army is looking at proposals to replace thousands of soldiers with warrior robots, as self-operating vehicles.
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With plans now in effect to reduce the amount of troops on active duty fron approximately 540,000 to 490,000 by the end iof 2015, the Pentagon is looking at proposals to replace thousands of soldiers with warrior robots, as self-operating vehicles, though it was quick to say that there aren’t any (immediate) plans for autonomous robots modeled after Arnold Schwartzenegger-style “terminators,” to be deployed as “killing machines.”

In fact, it has already tested a number of robot ground vehicles in Afghanistan, such as 6-wheeled buggies known as the “Squad Mission Support System,” to transport soliders’ gear.

According to an article in Defense Magazine, Gen Robert Cone ( head of the army's training and doctrine command), stated that he is considering following the Navy’s lead of cutting the numbers of people serving on ships by “drastically reducing bridge combat teams down to 3,000 soldiers, and utilizing robots to fill in the gaps.”

"I've got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuvrability, in terms of the future of the force,” he stated