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Old 05-05-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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How many times have we heard the prediction that ground troops will soon be obsolete?

It never has been true and never will. There is literally no substitute.
Yep, just like the UH-1, OH-58A/C, and the CH-47 they have been on the cutting block for what now.....20+years....
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:38 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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How many times have we heard the prediction that ground troops will soon be obsolete?

It never has been true and never will. There is literally no substitute.
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Yep, just like the UH-1, OH-58A/C, and the CH-47 they have been on the cutting block for what now.....20+years....
Or the B-52 which marked its 50th anniversary of continuous service with its original operator in 2005 and after being upgraded it will serve into the 2040s...

Rich
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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Little insect droids can't hold terrain.
I think this is the meat of the matter.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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How many times have we heard the prediction that ground troops will soon be obsolete?

It never has been true and never will. There is literally no substitute.
THIS. When I went to boot camp in Feb of '93, they told us ground troops would be obsolete in 20 years. I don't see that happening in another year.
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: la hacienda
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>> Having said that, what thinkest y'all about super small arial drones, disguised to look like insects, that could spy and kill as needed?
Super cheap, and available in the millions.<<

Small remote controlled aerial planes are used by some ground troops already. My son's Marine unit used them when they were shot at from a compound in Afghanistan. They were able to see how many Taliban were shooting at them and intercept communications between them.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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Quadrotor drones are amazing and cute, and they will probably destroy us all. - Slate Magazine

I know some people can never, in any circumstance, imagine a human soldier being replaced by a robotic one.

Having said that, what thinkest y'all about super small arial drones, disguised to look like insects, that could spy and kill as needed?
Super cheap, and available in the millions.

Would there still be a need for human soldiers? If so, in what capacity?
A technology (super cheap, super small, super deadly, autonomous but serving to protect a specific person) would be a weapon that would end war as we know it and indeed end the need for nations as we know them. What advantage does a government provide when your robotic killing machine that is completely loyal to you can protect you as well as any government? Wars that could be waged in societies composed of those sorts of individuals would be more like primitive tribal warfare, the old fashioned multigenerational family feuds, or the range wars of the Old West (themselves often family feuds). While the participants of such conflicts are best described as infantry, they are really just civilians whose lives have led them into some violent small scale conflict that would not really be infantry as we know them.
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