Technology Is The Weapon Of Choice

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Since the beginning of time, mankind has been at war with himself for every imaginable reason. In 2700 BC Mesopotamia, the armies of Sumer and Elam went to war. During this first recorded conflict, the bow was the weapon of choice. Over the next 4,700 years, the character of war has changed dramatically with the introduction of new technologies such as iron, steel, and gunpowder. Today the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) is the weapon of choice. For the U.S. military, the use of UAV technology accelerated in the 1990’s and continued through the past 14 years of sustained conflict. In 2002, the United States had 167 UAVs and over 7,000 just 10 years later. Although UAVs do not require a human in the cockpit, they are still controlled by a human who makes flight and targeting decisions. However, technology is leading developers to push the envelope and develop weapon systems that have the ability to act without human input or intervention, in all domains of warfare, which like the airplane in WWI, could have dramatic implications for the character of future wars. In 2010, the Department of Defense said that autonomy was the single greatest theme for advancing modern unmanned systems. General Robert Cone, Director of the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, stated, “the Army is evaluating the possibility of replacing twenty-five percent of manpower in Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) with robotics and unmanned systems.” Over 30 nations already operate human-supervised
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