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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    There has already been a human killed by a robot(a predator drone with a bomb) in Afghanistan.

    One of the most interesting modern armaments is the J-DAM. It is nothing more than a WW2 bomb and a kit that adds wings and a receiver and computer so it can be guided.
    It is cheap as dirt and incredibly useful. Planes no longer have to fly over a target but can actually bomg things miles away either with GPS or laser designators.
    The most effective military robots won't be huge expensive human shaped devices but smart landmines. There are already chain guns hooked up to motion sensors to protect ships from suicide boats and excocet missiles.

    Using robots to fight will result in more civilian casualties because the enemy will want to reduce the ability to make them by bombing the plants and cities that produce them.
    When war became mechanized that is when civilian casualties really started taking off. WW2 was the tipping point.

    I have a friend who is a merc for a Christian militia in the Sudan. The enemy use sat images and fighter jets while they often use knives and horses. The same things that were important to Napoleon like secure comms and reliable supply lines are still the deciding factor. The tech advantages were useful for a while and then they developed ways to get around it.
    The guys I know mostly teach long distance marksmanship. The soldiers they train can live for weeks on bugs and roots but need someone to show them how to set up a scope and breath etc.
    This is a very violent place. No one takes prisoners.