DOD reveals new initiative to rapidly mass-produce autonomous weapon systems

By Tony Bertuca / August 28, 2023 at 8:45 AM
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks today unveiled a new Pentagon program called "Replicator" that aims to produce and field thousands of "attritable" autonomous weapon systems within the next 18 to 24 months in a bid to counter China's surging military ambitions with a next-generation arsenal that is "small, smart, cheap and many." “Replicator is meant to help us overcome [China’s] biggest advantage, which is mass,” she said during a conference hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington. China,...

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