Military Still Testing Software that “could help the Pentagon use drones instead of human-operated warplanes and warships”

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by B.N. Frank, Activist Post:

In 2022, the Pentagon announced it was testing technology that would allow one person to control 130 robots. Apparently they have not given up on that goal.

The U.S. military will be unable to fully exploit drones until it can enable fewer people to control more robots, says Anduril’s Chris Brose, who says his company has found a way to do just that.

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Brose said a modified version of Anduril’s Lattice software could allow numerous types of robotic weapons to autonomously operate with one another on the battlefield. Ultimately, such software could help the Pentagon use drones instead of human-operated warplanes and warships.

“Absent of it, we’re not actually going as a nation to get where we want to get in terms of generating this kind of larger and different type of force to be successful in great power competition,” he said.

Today, military drones, especially the larger ones, are heavily reliant on people to fly them, control cameras and sensors, and analyze intelligence.

“In a lot of ways, when we thought about is, the next leap of this looks a lot more like how are we taking all the training and tactics development, all those pieces we do with human pilots today, human operators today, start to codify that into an intelligent piece of software that can go out and do it,” said Anduril CEO Brian Schimpf.

The military has grandiose plans for fleets of autonomous aerial and sea-faring drones that operate in tandem with human-controlled planes and ships, But it’s unclear when the technology will be widely used across the battlefield. For now, the technology has been primarily used in military experiments and only in a limited fashion in combat.

“When we look at our unmanned formations today, they cost way too much, there are way too many people inside of way too many loops,” Brose said. “That’s not going to scale against a competitor that has four times as many people and a GDP that is approaching ours.”

He, of course, was alluding to China, which the Pentagon has labeled its top strategic competitor.

The company has modified its Lattice software into what it calls Lattice for Mission Autonomy, which the executives said allows the robots to accomplish more, quicker, while still having a human overseeing the missions.

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