Friday, August 14, 2009

Transferring risks from soldiers to machines

The New York Times (August 11th) has a very nice story titled, A Soldier's Eye in the Sky, outlining the short-term plans for the uses of hovering drones and unmanned ground vehicles for assisting brigades tracking down insurgents.

The new equipment, being developed by Boeing and other contractors, is expected to cost about $2 billion for the first seven brigades. Each has at least 3,000 soldiers, and the equipment is about two years away from use in the field. By 2025, the Army plans to create similar gear and other improvements for all 73 of its active and reserve brigades.

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