Robotic Deveopment & US Borders

November 27, 2008

Robotic Deveopment & US Borders
~James Dunn

The Army possesses many robotic mechanisms that are intended to be used in Future Combat Systems. There are also a relatively large number of non-lethal weapons in the Army’s arsenal.

Persons entering the United States without passing through an authorized Immigration Control checkpoint, are criminals if they do so as American citizens. Persons entering whom are not American citizens do not have the same rights or protections provided to citizens.

Persons entering the US illegally for work have no intention of paying taxes to fund the various programs to support our way of life, and usually, the majority of all money made is funneled outside of the US which causes a depression in our economy. This is not the fault of the individual, it is simply how our economic system is setup. We have to control the numbers entering illegally because the unemployment rate would rise. However, if parent countries of these persons would allow improve relations with the US to allow business enterprise to be fairly implimented so that these people braving to enter the US for work would have equitable work at home, then there would be no need for borders. But until that time, we must restrict the many millions of people who want to enter the US to work because we can not absorb them into our economy without pushing out those here who are underprivledged. Those who have ADHD, dislexia, and other mental imparements have a difficult time making a living here as it is. So our borders should be protected, not from the individuals, but because of the business practices necessary to maintain the quality of life for our citizens.

I am suggesting that Army military robotic hardware be tested by patrolling the borders of the United States before putting millions of dollars of equipment in harms way in battlefield situations. A robotic device must be able to deal with non-lethal intervention.

Sonic herding of individuals back across the border, using bola or net guns to secure individuals on the run, shooting out tires and wheels to disable vehicles on the run, providing highspeed opportunities for robotic vehicles to overtake and deal with vehicles on the run like latching claws and applying brakes, documenting all scenarios precisely to build stradegies upon, …

Related to patroling the borders, there are so many opportunities for the military to use real people as test subjects. A large portion of the multi-billion dollar budget for securing our borders might go towards using military technologies more productively than could the private sector. Or better, the technology transfers to the private sector and provide greater funding for related military developments. I’m not promoting war, but I am promoting the efficient use of our national resources.

Obviously, the military technologies should be developed to the point of having likely success in implementation.

RFID transponders embedded in roadways along the borders would allow many simple vehicles with surveillance equipment to patrol borders with only one human operator. This system is already largely developed both in the private sector and in military research. The vehicles would investigate anomalies detected by broad coverage surveilance sensors.

All individuals found on the border would have pictures automatically taken of them to determine their identity or to create a baseline. Perhaps an Iris Image could be photographed for positive identification at a later time. More advanced and more expensive robotics could then be deployed to engage situations requiring more than a loudspeaker and a recording.

The border patrol would be called upon to apprehend individuals refusing to go back across the border. Army robotics would standby to support the border patrol in life threatening situations. If the border patrol is fired upon, the Army robots would subdue the assailants while protecting both the border patrol and anyone colocated with the asailant. A robot can take a sniper shot at a 100 yards with almost absolute certainty and is in no way endangered by small ammunition. A heavy rubber bullet delivered by the robot, though it might break the assailants ribs, might save his life.

Army robotics should definitely play a role in patrolling our borders. The further development of AI in operating defense mechanisms allows for both a real life test bed, and also a great savings in both border patrol costs and increased efficiency.

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