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Pain Rays and Robot Swarms: The Radical New War Games the DOD Plays


Patrick Lin


The Atlantic

April 19, 2013

In the year 2025, a rogue state—long suspected of developing biological weapons—now seems intent on using them against U.S. allies and interests. Anticipating such an event, we have developed a secret “counter-virus” that could infect and destroy their stockpile of bioweapons. Should we use it?


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Posted by dobermanmac  on  04/29  at  01:47 AM

“For those regarded as warriors, when engaged in combat, the vanquishing of thine enemy can be the warrior’s only concern. Suppress all human emotion and compassion. Kill whoever stands in thy way, even if that be Lord God, or Buddha himself. This truth lies at the heart of the art of combat.”—Hattori Hanzo, “Kill Bill”

I laugh at those who use the word “ethics” or “morality” in the discussion of combat.  Aside from the fear of a Pyrrhic victory, anything else is exactly what the article describes: a war “game.”






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