Automated defense technology (ADT) refers to weaponry designed to fend off incoming threats that is typically employed in international combat and utilizes automation in some part of its operation. Because of this automation, ADT removes some human error from warfare, and more recent automation technology allows machines to make certain decisions about engagement without any human input. The goal of this piece is to provide a rudimentary introduction to the concept of, and implications for, automation in defense technology. This paper first explores a brief history of automated weaponry, then it supplies operational definitions for modern ADT, and finally it considers some ethical implications for the future of ADT use and development.

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