Monday, September 8, 2014

Shrinking Army Studies Buying Robots to Replace Soldiers

From:  DODBuzz

by By Brendan McGarry

The U.S. Army, downsizing after more than a decade of war, is considering replacing discharged soldiers with robots and drones, according to a news report.

Gen. Robert Cone, commander of Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va., said the service may decrease the headcount of brigade combat teams to about 3,000 soldiers from roughly 4,000 soldiers in coming years and replace the lost manpower with unmanned systems, writes Paul McLeary of Defense News.

“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,” the four-star general said at last week’s aviation symposium organized by the Association of the United States Army, according to the article.

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