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Aryan K Khanna
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AI's Evolving Role in Warfare: The Rise of the Futuristic Battle!

Committees and Subcommittees of the House and Senate heard a great deal of concerning testimony earlier this year regarding China and artificial intelligence. " AI is China's Apollo project," said Scale AI CEO Alexandr Wang in court. Also, the China communist Party has a good knowledge of how AI can change the war scenario in the future.

Experts claim that AI poses a "risk of extinction" comparable to that of nuclear weapons and pandemics.

In recent years, the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and modern warfare has ushered in a new era of military capabilities and strategies. The advancements in AI technology have presented both benefits and pitfalls, creating a dynamic landscape that is shaping the future of conflict.

What is AI?

Artificial narrow intelligence (ANI) and artificial generalized intelligence (AGI) are two of the many terminologies that help classify the various forms of artificial intelligence. All AI systems in use today function in the ANI domain, limited to specialized tasks. ANI systems are limited to what they were intended to perform.

In contrast, artificial general intelligence (AGI) is the AI of the future, in which computers are sentient and have free will. Like humans, artificial general intelligence (AGI) systems will be generalists capable of applying knowledge to a wide range of tasks and situations.

Simply put, AGI in the future is capable of higher-order thought and emotion, much like humans. AGI systems are found in fictional characters like Wall-E, The Terminator, and the Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. While many AGI systems in fiction have humanoid forms, ANIs in development and those in the future might include robotic parts or projections of images, or they might exist in cyberspace without requiring human-like interfaces.

Artificial Intelligence Inception in Warfare

The newly created Summary of the 2018 Department of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy is to be implemented by the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. As part of the plan, defense resources will work with academic and business partners to develop and apply new technologies. Also, the president has proposed a $3.556 billion budget for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the 2020 fiscal year, which is a part of this modernization plan. A 233% increase from the 2018 budget is anticipated for the project named "Artificial Intelligence and Human-Machine Symbiosis," which is predicted to cost more than $161 million in 2020.

Although AI is a rapidly evolving technology, there are certain limitations of AI. Certain activities, such as picture identification, recommendation systems, and language translation, are effectively performed by AI. But when it comes to human achievement in other domains, AI needs to catch up. Similarly, in the war field, it can bring benefits and risks as well, especially at the tactical level.

Although, Models of artificial intelligence are getting better every day. Based on improvement, it can perform well like identifying a T-90 main battle tank in a satellite image. AI is also highly good in prediction systems, competitive gaming, anomaly detection, and recommendation systems. In these areas, an AI system might help the military detect fraud in its contracting services, forecast when weapons systems would break down due to maintenance problems, or create winning tactics in battle simulations. In daily operations as well as in the upcoming fight, all of these applications—and many more—can be powerful multipliers.

So military personnel should know the future implications, benefits, and pitfalls of AI and Warfare.

The Benefits of Modern AI in Warfare

The utilization of AI in modern warfare, or "Warframe," is rewriting the playbook on military strategy and tactics. AI has become a force multiplier, enhancing the capabilities of armed forces in various ways.

Enhanced Decision-Making:
AI processes vast amounts of real-time data, providing military leaders with unparalleled situational awareness. This results in quicker, well-informed decisions during operations, a critical advantage on the battlefield.

Autonomous Systems:
AI-driven drones and vehicles are reshaping military operations. These autonomous units carry out surveillance, logistics, and combat tasks, reducing the risk to human soldiers and enabling missions in challenging environments.

Cybersecurity Fortification:
In an increasingly digital age, AI plays a pivotal role in protecting military systems against cyberattacks. It ensures the integrity of communication networks and classified information.

Predictive Analytics:
AI's ability to analyze historical data equips military planners with the tools to forecast potential threats and future conflict scenarios. This proactive approach enhances national security preparedness.

Efficiency and Cost Reduction:
Automation of various military tasks leads to cost savings and resource optimization. This efficiency provides nations with a competitive edge in an ever-changing geopolitical landscape.

Doctrinal Trust within Military Teams

Army doctrine acknowledges the value of trust within combat groups. The foundation of mission command practice is mutual trust. "More often than not, small or infrequent acts are what win or lose trust. It results from effectively pooled experiences and training, which the commander consciously constructed in addition to typically acquiring it incidentally during operations.

According to the Army, "reliance on the character, competence, and commitment of Army professionals to live by and uphold the Army Ethic" is what constitutes trust amongst soldiers. It is difficult to overestimate the total amount of trust required to form a successful warfighting squad.

Although war is a human enterprise, the incorporation of AI threatens to replace at least some of the human components of military teams with hardware and software. This further confuses historical understandings of the nature of war. It is anticipated that full integration of AI will have a complete impact on the nature of war, even in the improbable event that it ultimately does not affect it. Researchers and scholars contend that the pace of tactical combat is one of the biggest ways that AI's expanding powers are changing the nature of warfare. They also state that integration of AI into military teams necessitates a high degree of trust in the technology. Hence a doctrine of trust is necessary. Soldiers and commanders must have faith in AI systems to make accurate decisions and prioritize their well-being.

AI and the Nuclear Trigger

ADC2's is the upcoming project highlighting the intense fighting between opposing air and naval forces. JADC2's initial purpose will be to coordinate combat operations between American forces classified as "conventional" or non-nuclear. However, it is anticipated that it will eventually connect to the nuclear command-control-and-communications (NC3) systems of the Military, potentially granting computers considerable authority over the deployment of the US nuclear arsenal.

In an interview from 2020, General John E. Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that "JADC2 and NC3 are intertwined." Thus, in classic Military Use, he said, "NC3 has to inform JADC2 and JADC2 has to inform NC3."

So, it is expected that government systems to avail various AI projects and run them in the future war scenario. Although the possibility of a nightmare with this integration is high, it is better to have long trouble with analysts by the arms control community.

Further supporting the cons of AI integration in the military, the director of the Military Joint Artificial Intelligence Center stated- "No stronger proponent of the integration of AI capabilities is found into the Department of Defense. But there is one area that includes nuclear command and control." We need to be careful since it is the ultimate human decision. Before implementing AI to NC3, he explained, the technology needs to be tested and evaluated due to its "immaturity."

“Flash wars” and human extinction

You might consider ABMS, JADC2, Convergence, and Overmatch as building elements for a future Skynet-like mega-network of super-computers intended to command all US forces, including nuclear ones, in armed battle. However, the rapid pace of AI-driven warfare could give rise to "flash wars," a term used to describe conflicts that erupt suddenly and escalate rapidly. If not managed appropriately, these conflicts could lead to catastrophic outcomes, even human extinction.

Experts' Views on AI Integration in Warframe

Leading experts in the field have varying perspectives on AI's role in modern warfare. Some see AI as an indispensable tool, while others caution against its unchecked use, advocating for robust regulations and ethical considerations.

The Pitfalls of AI for Military Applications

Ethical Dilemmas:
The use of AI in warfare raises profound ethical questions, particularly regarding autonomous weapons. The potential for AI to make life-and-death decisions independently is a source of great concern.

Accountability Challenges:
Determining responsibility for errors in judgment made by autonomous AI systems is a complex issue. This accountability gap poses legal and moral challenges that demand resolution.
Security Risks: AI systems can be vulnerable to hacking and manipulation, posing significant security risks if exploited by adversaries.

Escalation Risks:
The accessibility of AI technologies may inadvertently lower the threshold for armed conflict, potentially destabilizing international security.

Dependency on Technology:
The military's growing reliance on AI underscores vulnerabilities in the event of a large-scale cyberattack. Protecting these technological assets is crucial for military readiness.

The Future Path of AI

There is little doubt that artificial intelligence will be used in military applications in the future. It will work faster than people in numerous application areas, increase productivity, and lessen user workload. Research will keep going on to increase its resilience, explainability, and competence. This is a technology that the military cannot ignore. Our opponents will undoubtedly adopt it even if we do not, thus we need to be able to fight and outwit their AIs. But apart from everything it is important to fight the temptation of this resurgent technology. Hazardous outcomes are possible when weak AI systems are assigned to disputed domains and given the authority to make important judgments. Important decisions currently need to be made by humans. With the right decision and perception of AI technology, it can change warfare in a good way.


The integration of AI in modern warfare is both a powerful advantage and a complex challenge. While it enhances decision-making, automates various military processes, and fortifies cybersecurity, it also raises ethical concerns, accountability issues, and security vulnerabilities. To harness the benefits while mitigating the risks, responsible and ethical deployment of AI in Warframe is paramount. International collaboration and regulatory frameworks are needed to navigate this evolving landscape and maintain global peace and security. The future of warfare lies in the careful balance between technological prowess and human wisdom.

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