Swarms of low-cost robots to dominate future wars, Pentagon official says | Ottawa Citizen
Forget about the multi-million dollar weapons that militaries around the world buy and use on today’s battlefields.
William Roper of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office says future wars will be fought with swarms of robotic systems that don’t cost much and are easily expendable. And they will be supported by “manned” systems, at times working in conjunction with those weapon systems.
“What used to be solo systems are going to have to be teams to be relevant in the near future, maybe even the far future,” Roper explained at a recent event hosted by the U.S. Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute. “The technology is available today to make teams of systems higher performing than solo systems can be on their own,”
More from Roper:
“What this layer is giving us, this unmanned team with a manned system, is really just giving us expendability. We have not had that in our platforms, maybe ever. All the things we build are expensive and if they take off, it’s our expectation they come home and land. That hasn’t been an issue until now, but if you think about highly competitive peer-on-peer war, how you have that system come back and land is a huge constraint. You have to protect it,…
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