Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, who leads the Marine Corps combat development arm, has laid out plans for swarms of drones to be the first ashore, keeping Marines out of harm’s way.

“Instead of Marines being the first wave in, it’ll be unmanned robotics … sensing, locating and maybe killing out front of those Marines,” he said. “We see that ‘swarm-type’ technology as exactly the type of thing — it will lower cost, dominate the battlespace, leverage capabilities … and be able to complicate the problems for the enemy.”

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