Robotic Revolution Opens New Front for Homeland Security

A soldier places simulated explosives in the hand of a Talon explosive ordinance disposal robot, Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 20, 2013 (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Edwards).
A soldier places simulated explosives in the hand of a Talon explosive ordinance disposal robot, Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 20, 2013 (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Edwards).

The U.S. military faces shrinking budgets, but its global commitments remain expansive. One response to this ends-means gap has been a growing interest in robotics, with the hope that this technology can be a force multiplier that allows military units to perform missions with fewer humans. And the United States is not alone: At least 43 countries have active programs to explore military robotics. Military robots are already performing repetitive tasks like moving supplies and loading cargo, as well as particularly dangerous missions like evacuating casualties under fire, disabling explosive devices and collecting information in hostile environments. All experts agree […]

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