Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2013 - History - 297 pages
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For centuries, warring nations have sought to lower the risk to highly vulnerable humans on the battlefield, typically by providing protective armor, making soldiers' positions more difficult to detect, or by striking from locations safe from retaliation. Autonomous weaponry has now reached the point where robotic systems can perform some key tasks that previously required direct human involvement.

"Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook" introduces the lay person to a highly specialized topic, providing the foundation necessary for further study in this field. Appropriate for high school and college-level students, as well as general readers with an interest in the topic, the author explains the many military applications of robotics as well as current limitations and disadvantages. The book also provides a general history of robotic warfare; examines key individuals, agencies, documents, and models; discusses controversies within the field of robotic and drone warfare, such as ethical considerations; and explains how increased reliance on robotics has affected the structure and strategy of the military.

 

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Contents

Background and History
1
Problems and Controversies
31
Worldwide Perspective
65
Chronology
115
Biographical Sketches
139
Data and Documents
173
Directory of Organizations
225
Print and Nonprint Resources
249
Journals Bulletins and Newsletters
265
Government Documents and Agency Publications
268
Web Sites
277
Glossary
279
Index
283
About the Author
297
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About the author (2013)

Paul J. Springer teaches leadership and strategy at the Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, and has also taught at Texas A&M University and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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