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Visions

I will share with you a vision of the future of war…

Military units, from squads of infantry to tank platoons to UAVs overhead, are bound together by an invisible web of communications and data links. This network contains the digitally represented sum of the perception of each of its nodes, machine and human, and allows leaders thousands of miles away to monitor and manage the actions and reactions of anything from a brigade to a squad.

While there are as many aircraft as ever over the battlespace, pilots are a rarity. Fighters and fighter-bombers are unmanned craft that can greatly exceed the g-loading a human pilot could endure and are controlled from the safety of the combatants’ strategic depth. Reconnaissance is performed by a combination of high-altitude autonomous aircraft and small- to micro-sized UAVs that are an organic part of ground units.

Some of the biggest changes have come on the ground. Autonomous and remotely controlled platforms have made inroads here, too, but in a more limited role;  limited by the inherent complexity of land warfare. For the richer countries, traditional land mines have been replaced by more discriminating means like remote box launchers that can pump out a salvo of grenades or an anti-tank missile at authorized targets.

This is not my vision…

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