Have to agree that robots are part of the answer to the problem but even robots have limitations too. I see no reason to believe that soldiers are not
being genetically engineered somewhere right now.
That's the point. I said 'droid'. As in short for Android.
A synthetic man or man-like creation.
Right now, the best 'robots' are and always will be wheeled or flying because it is vastly easier to engineer for their more simplistic movement
modes. But a droid can do things like move up a stair case, manipulate a door, drive a conventional automobile or type on keypad. Even duck and
sprint and pull a trigger.
And once that comes to be seen for the 'only way forward' that it is, we will be completely outclassed as combatants, even in our own 'specialized
terrain matrix' of direct habitation.
What's more, combat droids (by virtue of relatively simple mission/interaction functions @ cost) may be the way forward to automated societies which
replace ethnic-X slave labor with truly 'un not low paid' equivalents.
Which is most likely the only way for decrepit capitalist societies like our own to recapture our self-identity if not determinancy in a world
dominated by Asian Economic Superpowers.
And there is just no comparison. Because (to again use the Star Wars 'Attack Of The Clones' scenario) you could be a Jedi Knight and, at four
droids per second, coming off the line, _never wade up the stream_ of threats coming at you. Because, even as a clone, your endurance and abilities
will be measured in limits. While your generational (raising period to adult capabilities) are in years, not minutes.
And there are other modifiers to consider:
1. You have to be innately stupid or desparate to join the military. Because increasingly this 'be all you can be' garbage is being shown to
provide ZERO real world experience in a job market for which returning first year vets are suffering a 16% unemployment ratio as they take part time
courses to try and catch up. If intellect is a key driver in the 'modern soldier' as a function of systems and tactical competency, (languages,
logic interpersonals and a thousand other related skills), you are setting yourself up for a poor retention rate, by virtue of getting what you
2., You have to be innately apathetic or cruel to join the military. Because a 23 cent bullet will put an end to the 300,000 dollars and 20 odd
years your parents have put into your life. For the chance at 44,000 bucks of college tuitition payoff. So again, far from designing for a 'morally
upright' personality with whom to entrust highly lethal technology, you must go for someone whose mental capacities do no equate risk with reward on
a tactically _integral_ level.
3. If you use them, you will lose them. Since no combination of human tissues will be able to 'dodge bullets and recover from damage' like Jean
Claude Van Damme did. And even if you COULD design to such a specification, what would you do with them? If men start taking lethal injuries and
recovering, the "Thou shalt not clone!" mandates which the U.S. has applied to isolate the WORLD WIDE quest for an ubermenche will be laughed out of
common belief. As entire populations are rendered obsolescent within a decade or two rather than their alloted '3 score and 10'.
4. If you want to shield the product of any 'research' (has anyone heard from Eve lately? Thought not...) you _cannot_ expose them to everyday
threats of the battlefield (scorpions, snakes, disease, mines, snipers, mortars etc.) AT ALL. And indeed, why would you WANT to do so?
Because one Einstein with all the brains of a 50 year old in a 15-20 year old body could give us the answers to things like the Universal Theorems.
One doctor, one statistician, one economist, one engineer, one teacher, one empath, one precog. Could change the world as we know it.
VASTLY more efficiently than any /group/ of super killers could.
The real answer to winning war is not to play it. The 64 dollar question then comes down to how you transition a global society 'all at once' to a
level where they no longer feel the need.
Such a complex systemic rewrite to how we live and interact is not something for which your 'typical' (which is to say focussed learning as much as
physical abilities) soldier is going to have a the time as much as inclination to write an outline-answer to.