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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – The future of military warfare will be decided by specialized robots, guided munitions and fleets of 3D-printed, remote-controlled drones in the not-too-distant future, according to a report from national security think-tank, according to the Center for a New American Security.

The CNAS study, “Process Over Platforms: A Paradigm Shift in Acquisition through Advanced Manufacturing,” highlights future military technology that will “change the game” with unmanned aircraft and fleets of 3D-printed, remote-controlled drones stealthily swooping in and out of battlefields. The report argues for rapid advancements in unmanned military technology, allowing the U.S. to “prepare for war in the robotic age.”

The report states that the remotely-piloted Unmanned Aircraft Systems employed over the past decade in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations will soon be replaced by “increasingly autonomous systems” on land, sea, undersea, air and space. The authors argue that the U.S. will be pushed to use these unmanned systems “out of operational necessity” along with the rising “costs of personnel” and the “unsustainable pace” of training soldiers.

Study: Fleets Of Unmanned, 3D-Printed Drones The Future Of Warfare

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