Proper use of robotic technology solves many problems in our military. It is often estimated that for every soldier or airmen on the frontline or participating in the tip of the sword there are 20-25 military personal behind them through-out the command and control and logistical supply chain. Military robotics is clearly an issue of efficiency and productivity – delivering more for less and with pin-point accuracy. Robotics and the Future Fighting Force roadmaps are dead on target and it is not by accident.
Less than 1% of all the humans who have ever lived have died in war. Although we hear more about the deaths in war today due to the far-reaching and often biased media the truth is that major fighting is concluded quite quickly with much less collateral damage thanks to smart munitions. This does not make armed conflict less devastating for those involved, yet it must be considered when discussing the reality of war technology. Indeed, just because allied forces can fight with unheard of precision does not mean the enemy will not attack pure civilian soft targets to promote their will or radical notions.
There is and has always been a good bit of the gross national product of any nation, spent on its military, as it is important to protect all they are and all they have built. Wouldn’t you? Indeed and so we all do, both friend and foe. Due to the huge amount of expenditures there are always many companies and entrepreneurs willing and ready to work on research and development of war toys. Yet, the business of war is not a game and the stakes are very high – self preservation of a nation being amongst the top rationals.
Robotic Technology on, above and below the battle field have come a long way in the last couple of decades and yet this is only the beginning. Coming soon will be many new applications such as robotic units to pick up the wounded and take them to military medical facilities. There will also be MAVs or Micro-Air Vehicles perhaps capable of swarming like insects. Bird size MAVs are already nearly ready for service. Fully autonomous perimeter security mobile robots with weapons attached are already being deployed. Underwater Unmanned Vehicles are also in production with some units already in the water.