US Army Secretary Mark Espeer expressed hope that the US Congress should approve the massive budget put before it to improve its technological prowess keeping in mind future conflicts with countries like Russia and China. He stated that the presentation of the budget was a big day for the nation’s army as it will help the DoD to prepare for a high intensity conflict if threatened and will also enhance the way how the army is manned, organized, equipped and trained. He expects the army to be robotic with fair degree of semi-autonomy and full autonomy built into the system in such a way that it will improve survival levels of soldiers in the battlefield.
Broad details of Donald Trump’s budget request for 2020 has already been released by the White House this week and the Pentagon too has requested for $718 billion in its budget that is an increase of 5 percent over amount allocated by Congress for it during 2019. Espeer stated that the army has requested around $182 billion to grow the existing force and bring in advanced technologies like robotics, semiautonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence.
During last year in August the Army had opened its first Army Futures Command Center in Austin that serves as main technical hub for all its military related advancements. He told the press that he tried to meet CEO’s of technical firms almost every week to understand how their technology can be used for the army. Business needs encouragement and engagement to invest and help the US army move forward into the future. He affirmed that AI will allow soldiers on the ground to act and think faster and the army which is able to implement this technology in its workforce faster will have the upper edge in comparison to others.