Pentagon Envisions Robot Armies Within The Next Ten Years




Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has a vision of robotic killing machines prowling the land, skies, and the seas in the not so distant furture.

They would be fully automated, seeking out and engaging with enemy robots across every domain of war. Their human handlers would overseeing the action at a distance while conflicts are fought and won by machines.

Far from science fiction, this is the vision of Gen. Mark Milley, who has been claiming since 2016 that the US military would field substantial robotic ground forces and AI capabilities by 2030

The Epoch Times reports: The United States, according to Milley, is in the throes of one of the myriad revolutions in military affairs that have spanned history.

“We’re at a pivotal moment in history from a military standpoint. We’re at what amounts to a fundamental change in the very character of war.”

Many would no doubt be more comfortable with the idea of robots battling for the control of Earth if it were in a science-fiction novel or on a movie screen rather than on the list of priorities of the military’s highest-ranking officer.

Milley believes, however, that the world’s most powerful armies will be predominantly robotic within the next decade, and he means for the United States to be the first across that cybernetic Rubicon.

“Over the next ten to fifteen years, you’ll see large portions of advanced countries’ militaries become robotic,” Milley said. “If you add robotics with artificial intelligence and precision munitions and the ability to see at range, you’ve got the mix of a real fundamental change.”

“That’s coming. Those changes, that technology … we are looking at inside of 10 years.”

That means that the United States has “five to seven years to make some fundamental modifications to our military,” Milley says, because the nation’s adversaries are seeking to deploy robotics and AI in the same manner, but with Americans in their sights.

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