In a new report that was issued by the Center for a New American Security, the organization has called upon the United States to prepare for a new era of war where, “unmanned and autonomous systems will play central war-fighting roles.”
Is this think tank warning the United States to prepare for an era of war where combat will resemble a blockbuster science fiction movie more than what we would expect when we think of conventional war?
Here is this mission statement of the Center for a New American Security:
The mission of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is to develop strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. Building on the expertise and experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. A key part of our mission is to inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.
The group claims to have had board members, founders, leaders and interns that have gone on to hold prominent positions in the U.S. Government so it is fair to take them seriously.
In their report, 20YY: Preparing for War in the Robotic Age the authors, Robert O. Work and Sean Brimley lay out their predictions for a new era of robotic warfare.
From the CNAS’ website:
The authors warn of a not-too-distant future where “guided munitions and battle networking technologies have proliferated widely and are employed by both state and non-state actors,” making all military operations more deadly and costly. At the same time, and notwithstanding changes in the strategic environment, the spiraling costs of personnel and crewed combat systems means the U.S. armed forces will likely be smaller in the future than in the immediate past. In response to both of these trends, the authors argue that U.S. planners will increasingly turn to unmanned and robotic systems for answers, and these systems will be increasingly capable and autonomous in action.
So there you have it. In the not-too-distant future we’ll be entrusting our politicians with making the decisions and appointing the military leadership that will take our country in to a brand new high-tech era of battle.
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