Skip to content

Content Header

Strategy in the Robotic Age: A Case for Autonomous Warfare

Strategy in the Robotic Age: A Case for Autonomous Warfare published on

Authored by Naval Postgraduate School

The advent of a Robotic Age in combat has set the stage for a renewed style of warfare: autonomous warfare. The outstanding feature of this new era is the arrival of robotics on the battlefield, but the significance of the new warfare style is that it mandates a shift in the way humans approach modern combat. In 2010, the Department of Defense restated autonomy as the “single greatest theme” for today’s unmanned systems. Autonomy, however, has long been a theme in warfare and weapons; therefore, the concept should apply to both those who fight and to their machines. Autonomy is the current buzzword for improving technology, but increasing autonomy for the soldier or combatant is the defining characteristic of autonomous warfare. With a view to this development, this book suggests changes in the character of war, and proposes autonomous warfare as an operating concept that empowers, rather than replaces, humans in battle.

Publication Date:
Dec 26 2014
150574623X / 9781505746235
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Black and White
Related Categories:
Technology & Engineering / Military Science


Primary Sidebar