Marines Turning to Quadcopters and Video Games For Next Generation

The U.S. military has always been the cream of the crop when it comes to high technology being utilized on the battlefield, and the Marines are the pinnacle of that reality.

Throughout history, this has been true.  The United States has been unrivaled in world military technology virtually from the inception of the nation.  Not only did we defeat a well established British Army in our first ever war, but we were also able to defend ourselves from their incredibly revered armada as well.

As our nation gave birth to some of the world’s most incredible inventions, (including the use of electricity, the light bulb, and the telephone), our military prowess only improved.

Only during World War II was there a real concern over how our nation would stack up against another armed force.  In that conflict, the concern was Germany, whose ruling Nazi party was well on their way to developing several “doomsday” weapons.  In fact, a number of German scientists were recruited into the U.S.’s top secret Manhattan Project in the midst of the war, in order to assemble the world’s first atomic bombs.  This was only necessary due to Adolph Hitler’s own obsession with such a device, and the German’s superiority in the rocket game.

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In keeping with that tradition of being one step ahead of the enemy, the United States’ Marine Corps is turning to a new frontier in warfare:  Drones.

“The Marine Corps wants every squad to be equipped with new quadcopter tactical drones ― as it pushes high-tech, realistic video games for training.

“The quadcopter plan has been in development for some time, and the equipment has slowly been doled out to Marine units deployed overseas. A nearly 300 Marine unit known as Task Force Southwest deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, last year with a small tactical drone called the Instant Eye.”

The Marine units who have already received their drones are putting them to good use, and inspiring other units to strike while the iron is hot.

“’They’re going fast. We’re talking about [sending] two hundred a month,’ said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, head of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Defense One reported.

” The drones will also serve another purpose: pulling data to help map terrain that can be used to enhance combat simulators.”
These lightweight devices will be able to perform a multitude of tasks for these soldiers, providing a better prepared fighting force to confront the enemy.
Furthermore, training on the devices will become extremely efficient as well, with video game-like simulators possibly installed in Marine barracks sometime in the near future.

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