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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
AKMs are more environmental friendly.
AKMs can operate with more precision, therefore reducing infrastructure damage that translates into environmental damage, for example to pipelines, sewage treatment plants and industrial facilities.
AKMs can make use of more precise tactics that render
weaponry obsolete, such as depleted uranium missiles. These
have been linked to
environmental hazards after their use in Kosovo and Iraq.
Reducing the energy consumption and climate footprint of armed forces would make a difference. As of 2005, the US military
more fuel per day than all but 34 nations worldwide, and more electricity than all but 58 nations.
Human soldiers, even out of action, consume resources and require expensive training. AKMs, in contrast, can be stored at a far lower cost while not in use.
AKMs might be more environmental friendly than conventional troops once they are created, but the production of a medium to huge force of AKMs engulfs a very large amount of resources.
Environmental benefits of AKMs are marginal in light of the global level of pollution. Thus environmental concerns are not significant for the decision to build AKMs or not.
The ordinance and machinery used by AKMs will likely be the same ones that would be employed by humans. These weapons are used because they are efficient, not because humans can use them.
Unlike humans, AKMs will require a power source to operate their systems. The batteries will have to be built from mined materials, and electricity will need to be produced from power stations.