And you thought I was kidding the other day about Google becoming the nation’s largest defense contractor?
- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other day I mentioned the thought that Google one day might be the nation’s largest defense contractor.
Well, that may happen sooner than I thought. Google just bought a military robotics company. I could see them easily getting into the UCAV [that is, "unmanned combat aerial vehicle"] business. Can you imagine a competition for that contract between Northrup Grumman and Google?
In the unmanned acronym department, I think we eventually will move to a distinction between autonomous drones and controlled ones — UADs vs UCDs? At some point, a thinking UAD will consciously make a decision to sacrifice itself for the greater good.