Info War Strategy for Robots

02.06.08

Categorie: Media Spin, Robots |

“Robots will figure prominently in the future of warfare, whether we like it or not,” Matt Armstrong writes in the latest issue of Serviam:

They will provide perimeter security, logistics, surveillance, explosive ordinance disposal, and more because they fit strategic, operational, and tactical requirements for both the irregular and “traditional” warfare of the future. While American policymakers have finally realized that the so-called “war on terror” is a war of ideas and a war of information, virtually all reports on unmanned systems ignore the substantial impact that “warbots” will have on strategic communications, from public diplomacy to psychological operations.

In other words, how will our friends and allies perceive U.S. war ‘bots? The potential for trouble is great:

Without capable information management from the strategic to the tactical level, accidents and failures of unmanned systems will receive harsh treatment in the global media, amplifying an endemic view in the Middle East and elsewhere that the United States commoditizes death. The United States cannot afford technological failures or induced failures (i.e., hacking) that kill civilians.

Problem is, much of the world already associates U.S. military robots with death, thanks to the use of Predator drones as aerial assassins in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia — and the military has no plans to scale back these sneaky, lethal attacks.

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(Photo: me)

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10 Responses to “Info War Strategy for Robots”

  1. Lyta says:

    boo freaking hoo. The people afraid of our military robots are those who are most likely to get shot in the face by them. I.E. China’s military, insurgents,tali ban, terrorists, and other scum. Stop trying to kill Americans and will stop trying to blow you up.

    Peace oon Earth to all those of goodwill and kind hearts, everyone else stand by…..

  2. David Axe says:

    Lyta,

    What about innocent Somalis who have died in Predator air strikes? What was their crime? Being in the proximity of SUSPECTED Al Qaeda sympathizers? If that’s a crime, then I guess I’m guilty too. Do I deserve to die?

  3. Lyta says:

    Lie with dogs, don’t complain when you get fleas. Sorry, but if you are near a target LEAVE!!! A fried of mine was demoted because he punched a CNN reporter. The suxor in question tried to get a better photo at the expense of the CPL’s squad. His chain of command demoted him to placate the luser (BTW pls don’t do that! ) If you are innocent, FLEA! LEAVE! RUNAWAY! (and don’t carry arms).

  4. Lyta says:

    BTW, why is it that terrorists hide next to “innocent” Somalis? Why don’t they come out and fight if they h8t on the US and non-somail forces?
    Why do they hide in mosques, hospitals, schools and behind women and children? Remember Black Hawk Down? Perhaps they are afraid of the limelight? (By limelight I mean 500 lbs bombs.)

    If they don’t wanna come out and play…oops…oh well… kthxbai…

  5. David Axe says:

    Lyta,

    Imagine that a SWAT team accidentally shot up your house while trying to apprehend a neighbor who was suspected of some violent crime. Who would you blame? Yourself for living next door to the suspect?

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  7. Lyta says:

    Srsly, shit happens. FIDO. And yes, the Jacksonville FL sheriff’s office raided my apt loking for a boy I knew. Had a flashlight and a 9mm in maiface. They said they were sry and replaced my door. Should I have sued? kthxbai

  8. James says:

    I am not sure what to make of this report? One minute we are championing the aerial bot for it’s cost effectivness and then next we are boo-hissing it as other countries perceptions of the use of robots in warfare.
    Robots should compliment operations but not be used without suitable intel backup. Whatever else people think is irrelevant provided their use is carefully monitored and utilised with intel.

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