We assert that the future is remote.
Militaries look to technological applications to provide new capabilities and respond to capability gaps. The addition of spears, arrows, bullets, artillery, rockets, and missiles are some of many examples of technological advances which provided distinct advantages over those without. These technologies provide advantage over an enemy by increasing the distance they must advance under threat of force or applied force.
Removing humans from aircraft, vehicles, and ships directly impacts size, weight, power, and cost. Individually, these benefits are self-evident. Combined, there is significant additional value to our national security strategy. Each service has varying levels of experience with different remote and autonomous technologies. Currently fielded capabilities are not the limit; they are merely the beginning.
Value to strategy
Value to strategy does not require direct human presence. The Space and Cyber domains prove this daily. The military provides value to strategic ends by executing effects- and capabilities-based operations within our current end strength. Remote technologies allow us to expend less end strength per unit of projected power and re-allocate current end strength to meet new mission needs. These technologies also provide us the ability to rapidly and cost-effectively respond to strategic capability gaps.
One cannot separate technology’s application on the battlefield from the history of war and humanity. Remote war is the next step in this technological advance and represents a revolution in warfare. We invite military, academic, industry and federally funded research and development corporation experts in remote technologies and air, space, cyber, sea, and land domains to join the revolution of culture, thought and action. Together we will maximize value to strategy and ensure the United States is employing, not watching, the application of the best technologies in the next war.