U.S. Army is considering to replace some soldiers with robots to cut size of brigade 2301142
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|Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:25 AM|
|U.S. Army is considering to replace some soldiers with robots to cut size of brigade.|
The United States Army is considering cutting down a brigade by 25 percent and replacing those soldiers with robots. General Robert Cone, head of the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, spoke at the Army Aviation Symposium last week about how the Army is considering cutting the size of a brigade from 4,000 to 3,000 soldiers.
CHIMP, the CMU (Carnegie Mellon University) Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform, carries a fire hose to connect it to a wall spigot. The robot from the Tartan Rescue team, CHIMP came in third overall in the competition.
Continuing, he noted that the Army had devoted more resources to "force protection," keeping the troops safe, at the cost of some firepower. "I think we’ve also lost a lot in lethality," Cone said.
Robots could reduce the force protection burden, giving the Army more killing power per brigade.