“On the battlefield of the future, enemy forces will be located, tracked, and targeted almost instantaneously through the use of data-links, computer-assisted intelligence evaluation, and automated fire control. With first-round kill probabilities approaching certainty, and with surveillance devices that can continuously track the enemy, the need for large forces to fix the opposition physically will be less important.”
How large is the U.S. military’s commitment to this new form of combat? Digging down into the defense budget produces telling results. The chart below originally appeared in the Department of Defense’s long-term Aircraft Procurement Plan that was submitted with the FY2012 budget. It shows a 90 percent increase in investments in unmanned aircraft over the next decade.
Platt, E., Boesler, M. and Nisen, M. (2012) THE GLOBAL 20: The Big Trends That Are Changing The World, [online], Available: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-global-20-2012-5?op=1#ixzz2KodA9Ynn