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Robots humble US Army in wargames - 12/21/2019 1:51:27 PM   
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How big a difference does it make when you reinforce foot troops with drones and ground robots? You get about a 10–fold increase in combat power, according to a recent Army wargame.

“Their capabilities were awesome,” said Army Capt. Philip Belanger, a Ranger Regiment and Stryker Brigade veteran who commanded a robot-reinforced platoon in nearly a dozen computer-simulated battles at the Fort Benning’s Maneuver Battle Lab. “We reduced the risk to US forces to zero, basically, and still were able to accomplish the mission.”

According to a special report from Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. in Breaking Defense, that mission involved dislodging a defending company of infantry, about 120 soldiers, with a single platoon of just 40 attackers on foot.

That’s a task that would normally be assigned to a battalion of over 600. In other words, instead of the minimum 3:1 superiority in numbers that military tradition requires for a successful attack, Belanger’s simulated force was outnumbered 1:3...


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RE: Robots humble US Army in wargames - 12/21/2019 2:21:03 PM   
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I wonder if the simulated defenders had simulated weaponry designed to mitigate or nullify the ability to control the simulated bots.

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RE: Robots humble US Army in wargames - 12/21/2019 6:50:08 PM   
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Wargame organizers then added dozens of unmanned systems to the simulation. The immediate impact was on what Belanger and his team could see. Instead of being limited to the immediate field of view of their simulated soldiers, they could send the drones ahead to scout. Instead of being able to engage the enemy about 500 meters away (not quite a third of a mile) – or less in dense terrain like a jungle or a city – they could spot and attack them from 5,000 meters (more than three miles).


Still in a jungle or a city?? I am puzzled.

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RE: Robots humble US Army in wargames - 12/21/2019 7:56:31 PM   
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Wargame organizers then added dozens of unmanned systems to the simulation. The immediate impact was on what Belanger and his team could see. Instead of being limited to the immediate field of view of their simulated soldiers, they could send the drones ahead to scout. Instead of being able to engage the enemy about 500 meters away (not quite a third of a mile) – or less in dense terrain like a jungle or a city – they could spot and attack them from 5,000 meters (more than three miles).


Still in a jungle or a city?? I am puzzled.

Mortars I guess.

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RE: Robots humble US Army in wargames - 12/21/2019 9:11:11 PM   
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Yes about mortars but what is disturbing me is that drones are able to spot the enemy so easily even in jungle or in a city.

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RE: Robots humble US Army in wargames - 12/22/2019 12:57:05 AM   
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"We reduced the risk to US forces to zero..."

Thats dangerous thinking IMO.

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RE: Robots humble US Army in wargames - 12/22/2019 3:20:59 AM   
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"We reduced the risk to US forces to zero..."

Thats dangerous thinking IMO.


So then you have to assume there were no hostile bots? Hardly likely. I think maybe they were talking about non conventional opponents?

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