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What happens when science fiction becomes battlefield reality?
amazing revolution is taking place on the battlefield, starting to
change not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics,
laws, and ethics that surround war itself. This upheaval is already
afoot -- remote-controlled drones take out terrorists in Afghanistan,
while the number of unmanned systems on the ground in Iraq has gone
from zero to 12,000 over the last five years. But it is only the
start. Military officers quietly acknowledge that new prototypes will
soon make human fighter pilots obsolete, while the Pentagon researches
tiny robots the size of flies to carry out reconnaissance work now
handled by elite Special Forces troops.