A defence force of Terminators is almost here

And this is what WAtoday has to say about the new terminator age we are entering.

The white paper ignores the most important development in weaponry.

THIS was a daunting task that faced the crafters of the defence white paper, which lays out a vision of an Australian military “Force 2030”. As an American reading from afar, I find myself in great agreement with its perspective of a dynamic world that features a diverse array of both real and potential threats. It also carries a striking underlying message of an emerging geopolitical reality, that Asia is becoming a more dangerous neighbourhood, one in which America and Australia may well be leaning on each other more than ever.

Trying to figure out the political and economic trends that will shape this world of tomorrow makes defence policy planning difficult enough. But one of the challenges in security studies, and one that the white paper also suffers from, is the blinkers we often put on when it comes to technological trends.

An amazing revolution is ongoing around us, especially in war. The US military went into Iraq in 2003 with a handful of unmanned planes. There are now more than 7000 robotic drones in its inventory. In 2003, the invasion force had no ground robotics. Today there are roughly 12,000 on the ground. And the latest models of our robots give new meaning to the technology industry term “killer application”, as they now come with a lethal armoury of missiles, rockets, and machine-guns.

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