Robots could replace thousands of soldiers as U.S. army looks to cut 50,000 troops

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The U.S. army is considering replacing thousands of soldiers with robots as it adjusts to sweeping troop cuts.

A senior American general has said he is considering reducing the size of the army’s brigade combat teams by a quarter and replacing some of the lost troops with robots and remote-controlled vehicles. Ideas under discussion include proposals for manned lorries and transporters to be replaced by supply trains of robot vehicles.

Generals are studying proposals as the U.S. army is to slim down from 540,000 to about 490,000 soldiers by the end of next year. Some reports suggest it could dip below 450,000 by the end of the decade.

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General Robert Cone, head of the army’s training and doctrine command, is considering cutting standard brigade combat teams from about 4,000 soldiers to 3,000, according to Defense News, a US military magazine. He told a seminar: “I’ve got…

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