The U.S. Army Wants to Replace Forward Observers With Robots
The National Interest -

Michael Peck

Security, World

Is that a good idea?

During World War II, the Canadian army fighting in Europe had a joke: the army consisted of a forward observer with a radio to call in the artillery, while everyone else was there just to be his bodyguard.

That’s more than an exaggeration, but it does illuminate a point: arguably the most important single soldier on the battlefield is the forward observer. Armed with a radio and a laser designator, the amount of artillery and aerial firepower...

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