by HuffPost, via StratRisks:
The US Department of Defense has released its ‘roadmap’ for bringing new and ever-more-subjectively-terrifying robots to the battlefield.
The ‘Unmanned Systems Roadmap’ document actually addresses overall cuts to the budget for drones, down to $4.1 billion ($3.7 billion of which is for aircraft).
But the document still marks out several milestones which will see the US armed forces increasingly reliant on autonomous systems in the coming decades, until at least 2038.
They include new and improved unmanned aircraft, as well as new ground-based robots.
While drones in the air are more familiar, ground-based robots too “have proven their worth in Iraq and Afghanistan across a spectrum of mission areas” the report says.
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