Tremendous sums of money are being spent on this and other technologies (you know the ones, robot insects, cloaking uniforms that make the user unseen to the enemy, etc.). Eight years in Afghanistan and seven in Iraq. What has JEIDDO to show for it?
I'm writing Johanna Jones (Johanna.firstname.lastname@example.org) with my yearly request to participate in the unmanned vehicle program - as an opponent. My purpose is to determine if the robot vehicles can stand up to one person armed with:
- A Model 1903 Springfield rifle fitted with a 6X scope and 26 rounds of ammunition (of my choosing) for a 25 vehicle field.
- $200.00 cash, from DARPA for purchasing legal and non-explosive materials at hardware stores or the Internet.
- $250.00 my own money for purchase of more items listed in point #2.
- The DARPA team is allowed Thermal, Middle and Near Infrared scanning equipment to find my location.
- DARPA will allow me only 24 hrs. to prepare.