In light of continual reductions in its budget and increasing internal costs, the US military is focusing on innovation according to its Third Offset Strategy to contain the rising military power of China and Russia, and to seek and maintain a military advantage over them. Part of this involves a re-examination of the concept of combat, and the development of cost-effective and powerful weapons. Unmanned systems are exemplary of this outlook. With improvements in the autonomy of unmanned systems, significant changes are expected in the style of operation of combat such that unmanned systems will play a leading role in war. Autonomy is a key technology being emphasized by the US Department of Defense. Developments in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning technologies will significantly enhance the autonomous capabilities of unmanned systems, where this autonomy is expected to range from remote controlled and automated systems to near-fully autonomous systems.
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