General Robert Cone of the United States Army has claimed that the army is rapidly moving towards the development of a more agile and quicker deployment force, including the replacement of up to 1,000 infantry soldiers with robots and other unmanned technological devices. He was quoted as saying “I’ve got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability, in terms of the future of the force.”
Another top military official, Lieutenant General Keith Walker, had previously spoken of a similar technological advance in manpower. Referring to the ‘deep future’, he said “we’ll need to fundamentally change the nature of the force, and that would require a breakthrough in science and technology.” He put that ‘deep future’ date at around 2030 or 2040.
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