America's new robot army

Take a look at weaponry and equipment that puts even the 'Terminator' to shame, and the companies that build the technology.

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Apr 12, 2014 7:57PM
Apr 12, 2014 8:36PM
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It has already been proved "robotics" does not work where human intuition and ingenuity is required.  Plus, it is highly susceptible to "hacking" by opposition forces. Add to that mechanical problems.  What's left?  The "techie" going out into the field, (probably unarmed and unprepared,) to find and fix the problem.  In the meantime, those other people, the ones not living or fighting strictly with automation, are going to have a "turkey shoot." 

Now, as far as replacing the A-10 with the F-35, that is really asinine. Replace an "attack" aircraft, a bird designed to support ground troops and equipment, already proven to save our pilots and ground forces, with a supersonic fighter, that is so over budget already, it is ridiculous and should be considered criminal.

Apr 12, 2014 4:26PM
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Who is the idiot that doesn't think things through? Uncle Sam has no jobs for these soldiers. Is the plan to use former troops as Homeland security to enforce austerity measures? China is building and adding, Russia has come back online. We did not accomplish objective in any Mideast conflict to date. If you think drones and cyber warfare is going to win wars then your an idiot too. P.S. Next time there is a war, win it by getting unconditional surrender and reparations from combatants. I personally don't give a squat about the plight of the enemies country. You know what is really funny? Those bots will be defeated by a bug just like those machines in the War of Worlds.
Apr 12, 2014 5:12PM
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When we decide to go to war and WIN it will be going in the right direction. If we keep going to war to draw, then we are a sitting duck.
Apr 12, 2014 10:29PM
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The robots are not for the next war , but to control the people right here in the good old USA.
Apr 13, 2014 1:17AM
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Replace the A10 with a super fighter that can't do what the A10 does? The A10 was developed for a certain type of warfare. It can fly slow and for long periods of time. It is extremely maneuverable and has a weapons platform that is versatile and formidable. For a while it looked as though it might have become less efficient in what it was designed to do but with the type of warfare that has arisen lately it seems as though this would be a bad idea to get rid of it. It's a proven platform for ground support and ground attack. It's tough and is simple to fly. It can take a beating and bring a pilot home. There would be no development costs and any newly built or upgraded A10s would not cost near what an F-35 would cost to replace it. It needs to stay in the inventory as part of the support aircraft. The problem with military budgets is that you never hear those in the know IN the military tell them what they really need based on what their knowledge and experience tells them. It's always politicians making those decisions. So this tells you that it's more about politics than what the military needs.
Apr 12, 2014 6:28PM
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Great idea until someone figures out how to short circuit all in one push of a button.
Apr 12, 2014 11:06PM
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hmmm, another thought? A robot won't have a problem 1 with killing fellow americans, moms, pops, girls, women, children, animals, for their master unlike us we the people, is this what these people in gov. are looking at I wonder?
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They need robots to replace  unwilling bodies. Between the disconnected youth, the women,  the modern transgender, gay and the lame there's not much to choose from. Along with drones
Apr 12, 2014 8:07PM
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Liberals would rather spend it on getting votes.
Apr 12, 2014 8:09PM
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The war will be between the real people and you azz kissing tyranny backing devil fools. as in Obama liberal scum..
Apr 12, 2014 9:05PM
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Good for overseas and for re-imposed Marshall Law on us. Just look at all the weapons geared for localized hometown style fighting. I've seen this scenario before.
Apr 12, 2014 8:26PM
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These yo-yo government engineers have had way too much fun wasting taxpayer dollars... It is time to end funding for this kind of fun, at least until we get out of debt.
Apr 15, 2014 11:33PM
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The hackers will create a very interesting twist to the next major conflict.....
Apr 12, 2014 7:24PM
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This is how Obama are weaken  the Country .Robotic that's a liar , all he want is destroy America
Apr 12, 2014 6:43PM
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How many times now, have we seen this from the dem bloodsuckers?

WW2, we sent men into combat sitiuation with no ammo,. Again in Korea, again in Vietnam

Start taking names and addresses al of the liberal bloodsuckers, they can be the first to go into combat zones, withj no ammo.

Apr 12, 2014 9:06PM
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Instead of Terminator robots they will be like those worthless robots from Star wars and cost 3.5 mil each.
Apr 12, 2014 4:18PM
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Another thought.  "Robot Army"?  I have written a few sci fi shorts and I have this mental image of a squad of robots sitting around their hooch getting drunk quaffing light machine oil.  And their robots in the other camp doing to same.  Maybe some pinups from Popular Mechanics on the walls.


How can you have a war without killing humans?  A bunch of Terminators having at each other just doesn't seem right.


Tom

Apr 12, 2014 5:41PM
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ha1 Wait until we meet the Russian, Chinese, Iranian, EU, etc. robot armies! It will be an instant U.S.A. junkyard as they are all right up there technically with the U.S. and even surpassing us in a number of areas.  For example, even now, the Chinese shuttle will have the latest technology and we have nothing in the pipeline to match it other than-perhaps-the "secret" Air Force mini-shuttle in orbit over a year and I am quite certain the plans have leaked out and been duplicated and improved by other countries by now.
Apr 12, 2014 7:53PM
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6dogs  -  "All this talk about the U-2, they might have a couple kicking around that they may fly, that's an I don't know thing."
 
Then why are you even posting a comment.
 
phil74501,
 
The TR-1 is an upgraded Version of the U-2.  The U-2/TR-1 is the ONLY US High Altitude Surveillance Aircraft; after the SR-71 was literally Scraped with only Non Operational Museum examples left.
 
AGAIN YOU NEVER GET RID OF ANYTHING UNTIL YOU HAVE OPERATIONAL REPLACEMENTS IN USE.
 
The Author's mistaken belief that the F-35 can replace the by Design Close Air Support A-10; especially since the US version of the F-35 does NOT include the Israelis Designed Close Air Support Package.
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