Robots could soon be standing in for U.S. soldiers. The Army is reportedly considering replacing as many as 25 percent of its troops with mechanical counterparts. 

 "...as a way to deal with budget cuts. Now, ideas under discussion reportedly include remote controlled ground transportation vehicles and supply trains. Could be the future." (Via Fox News) 

The Washington Times reports at a recent military symposium in Virginia, Gen. Robert Cone said the change would start with replacing around 1,000 infantry.

Cone also touched on the Army's goal of decreasing the number of soldiers by more than 100,000 by 2019, saying in order to do that, "We’ll need to fundamentally change the nature of the force, and that would require a breakthrough in science and technology.”

So what kind of robots will be out on the frontline? Well, Military Times reports unmanned transport vehicles would be the first start. They could get their queues from a single manned transport, meaning overall the convoy would require less armor and protection.

But if the robot plan doesn't work out, there's always this option. 

"Lets see if this dog hunts." (Via Paramount Pictures / "Iron Man"

Well, sort of. Last October a report claimed the Army was working on a smart suit called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit. (Via Military.com

It would equipped with both a weapon and communication system. Red Orbit also points out it would feature wireless networking, on-board computing, a hydraulic system and would "be made from smart materials embedded with sensors." 

At this time there's been no announcement of plans to equipped the robots with lethal fire power, as of now they are solely being focused on being able to help with transportation. 

U.S. Army Could Replace 25 Percent Of Soldiers With Robots

by Jasmine Bailey
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Jan 22, 2014

U.S. Army Could Replace 25 Percent Of Soldiers With Robots

(Image source: U.S. Army)

BY Jasmine Bailey

Robots could soon be standing in for U.S. soldiers. The Army is reportedly considering replacing as many as 25 percent of its combat troops with mechanical counterparts. 


" ... as a way to deal with budget cuts. Now, ideas under discussion reportedly include remote-controlled ground transportation vehicles and supply trains. Could be the future." (Via Fox News


The Washington Times reports the news broke at a recent military symposium in Virginia. Gen. Robert Cone said he's putting together a panel to investigate how the military could use robots to automate more of its operations.


Cone said this is part of the Army's overall goal to reduce the number of troops, saying, "3,000 [infantry] is probably enough to get by." He adds, "When you see the success, frankly, that the Navy has had in terms of lowering the numbers of people on ships, are there functions in the brigade that we could automate?"


So what kind of robots will be out on the front line? Well, Military Times reports unmanned vehicles would be the first step.


But if the robot plan doesn't work out, there's always this option. 


"Let's see if this dog hunts." (Via Paramount Pictures / "Iron Man"


Well, sort of. Last October a report claimed the Army was working on a smart suit called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit. (Via Military.com


The suit drew plenty of comparisons to Iron Man and other sci-fi suits with its "promises to provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection." (Via NBC)


Right now there's no indication the Army will actually arm its robot soldiers. They'll be more for transportation and support. No timeline yet on when these robots will start showing up on the battlefield.

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