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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
More missions and wars could be carried out if the military had AKMs at its disposal.
AKMs - just like cyber weapons - can potentially be used for anonymous attacks. Future aggressors might therefore not be deterred by the fear of retaliation anymore.
Logistical demands during military engagements are smaller if AKMs are deployed.
AKMs allow to order killings from more distanced places. This makes it psychologically easier to conduct war.
Missions, which cannot be sold to the public back home, because the risk to soldiers' health is too big and the potential gains are too small, might become feasible if AKMs were used.
AKMs are the most effective response against extremists that try to destabilize and take over a country with acts of terror.
Military missions are often prevented by legal and political issues. The deployment of AKMs would not necessarily be more effective in overcoming such issues.
Carrying out more missions and wars is not a desirable goal for the West.