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Pentagon report predicts drone swarms, highly autonomous UAVs

The US military hopes that drones will be capable of changing their own missions, altering course without a human command, and buzzing through the skies in coordinated groups within the next 25 years, according to a new Defense Department report.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) explained its hopes for the  upcoming decades in its Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap,  released to the public last week. At nearly 150 pages, the report  outlines a variety of goals for air, land, and sea vehicles – yet  the unmanned aerial systems (as drones are called) are featured  prominently throughout.

For all the science fiction fears drones have roused amongst the  public, the technology that the military relies so heavily on is  still in its relative infancy. The unmanned vehicles rely on GPS  systems to determine their course and in some cases bombing  routes, which explains in part why thousands of civilians across  the Middle East have been killed without cause.Critics of current US drone operations in the Middle East as well  as their proliferation over the country’s airspace are unlikely  to find any comfort in the DoD’s Roadmap. Officials hope to  install a variety of algorithms, detection sensors, and advanced  machine learning into drones that will implant in the machines a  set of internal laws that give them more control over their own  behavior.

System vulnerabilities and threats are examined, as well as  risk of exposure and consequence of system compromise, to  proactively establish the foundation of security disciplines as  early as reasonable in the developmental life cycle,” the  Roadmap notes. “Impact to the program in terms of cost,  schedules, and performance is also factored into the  determination of appropriate protective measures.”

Unmanned aerial systems currently constitute a major drain on the  military’s budget. Officials hope to ease this burden without  sacrificing any firepower by shifting many of the human  responsibilities to the drone itself. Taken literally, this  process involves ending the execution of step-by-step commands  and employing commands that the report notes may “require  deviation from pre-programmed tasks.”

Along with surpassing budgetary constraints, the authors of the  Roadmap anticipate that, should US drone dominance ever be met  with an adversary, American strategies will be “more  effective through greater automation and greater  performance.”

To make this goal a reality the Roadmap predicts the development  of “swarms” of drones that are shot from a larger  unmanned vehicle that carries them within range of a target. The  so-called “mothership” would be guided by an on-board  camera with a human pilot guiding from a military base. When that  pilot identifies a target within a range of 250 nautical miles,  he would fire the drone swarm with the aim that they will explode  on target.

Yet the DoD seems to recognize that these goals will not be  achieved without some measure of resistance.

Regulatory and cultural hurdles must be carefully considered  early in system development,” the report notes. “In this  paradigm, technology development and tests will help shape the  appropriate requirement, standards, and regulations.”

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Source: rt.com

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