Why expose our soldiers to the risks of war - we all know the politician are increasing reluctant to use them. Human-in-the-Loop (weapons) and Human-on-the-loop (self-protection, mobility, planning, etc.) robotic operations free the soldier from having to actual be on the battle front, allowing them to control operations remotely, even handing off control to another as their shift ends.
Game changer for military planners, who no longer need to worry about loss of life or, perhaps a bigger concern, the capture, torture and/or political exploitation of a warfighter. While those warfighters that chose the combat branches, especially Armor and Infantry, fully acknowledge and accept the risk, wishing to fight America's enemies "mano a mano", their leaders are becoming too risk adverse to fully employ them.
Huge paradigm shift as our Warfighters are no longer on the battlefield - thus a reluctance of TRADOC to advance autonomous systems that would effectively end Army Military branches like Armor, Infantry, Artillery and Engineers. These would be replaced by "Autonomous System Operators", ending family traditions where each generation would serve in a combat branch. A tough sell to the User community.
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