Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook

Overview

For centuries, warring nations have sought to lower the risk to highly vulnerable humans on the battlefield, typically by providing protective armor, making soldiers' positions more difficult to detect, or by striking from locations safe from retaliation. Autonomous weaponry has now reached the point where robotic systems can perform some key tasks that previously required direct human involvement.

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Overview

For centuries, warring nations have sought to lower the risk to highly vulnerable humans on the battlefield, typically by providing protective armor, making soldiers' positions more difficult to detect, or by striking from locations safe from retaliation. Autonomous weaponry has now reached the point where robotic systems can perform some key tasks that previously required direct human involvement.

Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook introduces the lay person to a highly specialized topic, providing the foundation necessary for further study in this field. Appropriate for high school and college-level students, as well as general readers with an interest in the topic, the author explains the many military applications of robotics as well as current limitations and disadvantages. The book also provides a general history of robotic warfare; examines key individuals, agencies, documents, and models; discusses controversies within the field of robotic and drone warfare, such as ethical considerations; and explains how increased reliance on robotics has affected the structure and strategy of the military.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is a fine collection on a subject where available sources are scarce." - ARBA

"Extensive references at the end of most chapters make this a valuable resource for those readers interested in greater study. As a reference for high school students and up, this book is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in modern military robotics, especially on the technological capabilities of contemporary mechanization." - Booklist

"Providing a basic overview, this easy-to-use handbook is a good introduction to the topic." - Choice

"Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook provides a high-level overview of the background and current trends affecting two types of mechanical devices used in combat and non-combat settings: robots . . . and drones. . . . [T]his work serves as a useful introduction to the topic and a guide to current literature." - Reference Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is a fine collection on a subject where available sources are scarce."

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ARBA

"Extensive references at the end of most chapters make this a valuable resource for those readers interested in greater study. As a reference for high school students and up, this book is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in modern military robotics, especially on the technological capabilities of contemporary mechanization."

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Booklist

"Providing a basic overview, this easy-to-use handbook is a good introduction to the topic."

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Choice

"Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook provides a high-level overview of the background and current trends affecting two types of mechanical devices used in combat and non-combat settings: robots . . . and drones. . . . [T]his work serves as a useful introduction to the topic and a guide to current literature."

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Reference Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598847321
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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