This is the direction of warfare. The battlefield, the sky, the sea, space, and cyber are all droning up. We have yet to see drone infantry but that is coming. When robocop starts walking the beat watch out.
One of the things that will define a major power from a minor one in the near future will be the degree to which a country’s military is droned, and autonomous in some cases. Think about that one.
The concept for the unmanned vessel was born in 2010 out of the Pentagon’s so-called “mad science wing,” the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.
The Pentagon’s request from DARPA was colossal: Develop a drone warship capable of hunting submarines, detecting torpedoes, and avoiding objects at sea while traveling at a top speed of 27 knots, or 31 miles per hour.
Six years later, the crewless, 140-ton, 132-foot-long robotic ship, was christened as Sea Hunter on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.
“The project is classic DARPA, not only game-changing but paradigm-bending,” Paul Scharre writes in “Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.”
“Sleek and angular, it looks like something time-warped in from the future,” adds Scharre, a former U.S. Army Ranger and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.