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Countering China’s Military Through Replicator Project by Pentagon

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The Pentagon’s Replicator: Countering China’s Military Buildup with Autonomous Systems

Discover the Pentagon’s innovative Replicator Initiative, countering China’s military investments with cost-effective autonomous systems.

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The Pentagon introduced the Replicator initiative, which plans to deploy many smaller self-governing systems on land, in the air, on the water, and underwater by 2025. (PHOTO: IoT World Today)

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The Replicator Initiative: Pentagon’s Response to China’s Military Investments

The Pentagon is responding to China’s increasing military investments with a new strategy. According to Maritime Executive, they’ve introduced the Replicator initiative, which plans to deploy many smaller self-governing systems on land, in the air, on the water, and underwater by 2025. These systems are made to be affordable and replaceable in combat situations.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks spoke about this move at a conference. She pointed out that China’s advantage lies in having more ships, missiles, and people. China is modernizing its navy quickly and has long-range anti-ship missiles that the U.S. doesn’t possess.

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Replicator Initiative: Accelerating Unmanned Warfare Research for U.S. Dominance

Though the U.S. can’t match China’s numbers, it’s a leader in unmanned and self-governing warfare research. According to USNI, Hicks stressed the need to rapidly expand these efforts, aiming to get thousands of self-governing drones into military use in the next 18 to 24 months.

The Replicator project aims to create affordable self-governing systems to counter China’s military strength. It draws inspiration from the role of inexpensive drones in Ukraine’s conflicts and Ukraine’s own unmanned suicide boats that have damaged larger ships. The main goal is to make China’s leadership think twice about aggression by boosting the U.S. military’s innovation and quickly adopting new self-governing technology.

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