January 06, 2015

Commentary: Swarming the Battlefield

By Paul Scharre

The US Department of Defense has launched a long-range research and development planning effort, and DoD leaders have stated that robotics and autonomous systems will be a critical component.

Swarming robotic systems will be key to sustaining US military dominance, as they can create decisive advantages over adversaries by bringing greater mass, coordination, intelligence and speed to the battlefield. Don't be fooled by their sci-fi sounding name — robot swarms are real, they're here and they will change how militaries fight.

Read the full op-ed at Defense News.

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