The Pentagon is grappling with how to counteract low-cost unmanned systems that leverage AI and autonomy, particularly given the effectiveness of such systems seen in the ongoing Ukraine conflict. Cheap yet smart technology is posing a significant challenge to conventional warfare tools, as demonstrated by an incident where a $2000 DJI drone was used to destroy a Russian tank worth millions. In response, the US Department of Defense has issued a call for industry support to develop new weapons to counter these unmanned, autonomous, and AI-driven defense systems.
- The Pentagon’s major challenge is the rise of inexpensive autonomous systems and AI technologies, which have proven their effectiveness in recent conflicts such as the war in Ukraine.
- Ukraine used a Chinese-made DJI drone costing $2,000 to destroy a Russian tank worth millions, highlighting the potential power and cost-effectiveness of small autonomous systems in modern warfare.
- The U.S. Department of Defense has issued a call to industry to develop new weapons capable of neutralizing these cheap, autonomous systems.
- The Defense Department’s focus has broadened from aerial drone threats to include potential threats from ground, subterranean, sea, and undersea domains.
- The department seeks weapons that can disable drone swarms, create obstacles to navigation, respond to physical and electronic attacks, and assess the effectiveness of these countermeasures.