Integration of Robotics into Warfare
Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)
Proceedings of the Annual General Donald R. Keith Memorial Conference
Modern day combat has transformed with the integration of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) in small unit operations. To show how UGVs have changed operations and positively impacted U.S. military missions, the Infantry Warrior Simulations (IWARS) is used to develop scenarios involving infantry squads and robots. A base model involving an infantry squad gives the initial data (number of kills, shots fired, mission time). Using the base model, the infantry squad then integrates a UGV that can act as a forward observer and even dispose of IEDs. Currently the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is designing capabilities for a robotic mule to deploy a small IED robot to conduct reconnaissance. To model TARDEC’s mission, the IWARS model replicates a real-world scenario and determines the effects of modern-day tactics. An analysis between the two models shows the significance of using UGVs in combat and gives proper analysis into modern warfare.
Price, Samantha CDT'19 and Mittal, Vikram, "Integration of Robotics into Warfare" (2019). West Point Research Papers. 371.
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