Recently, I was watching an interview with the late Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle (RIP) at SOFREP.com and what he said generated this blogpost. During a drive around the DFW Metroplex after he left the Navy he was shocked with the disconnect between what he just experience on the battlefield and what he was seeing back home. Just a few days prior to coming home, a Marine died from traumatic injury while Kyle worked to save him, now here Kyle was, witnessing civilians just talking away on their cellphones, while drinking their iced Starbuck's, and obsessed by their normal lives, all while their military was engaged in combat. He openly wondered if people cared or even thought about the heroic deeds done on the battlefield for the protection of American society. In my grandfather's day, while he was fighting the Japanese in jungles, the US society back home was united to the war effort unlike anything seen in American history. Seemingly, every street or apartment building had a soldier in harm's way, but now, there seemingly there is a serious social disconnect between the war being waged and civilians having personal contact with veterans of these wars. Given the realities of modern technology, with social media, digital mobile phones, and the internet, it would seem that the wars would be integrated into everyday society, and while that is true of a certain segment of the population and that our troops are given a great deal of morale support, the war is distance from the bulk of the population. Will this grow worse once humanity spreads out to the stars and fights wars on exo-solar soil? Will future soldiers be disconnected by service to their nation/corporation/empire?
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Military Life and Space Deployment
You Can Never Go Home Again
Are Military Robots the Answer?
Another risk is that robotic soldiers to do not feel or care, they just follow orders, and any tyrannic government could instruct these robotic troop carriers to wipe out the colonists without hesitation. While robots may save lives on the current battlefield, there are those that believe that the use of robots will increase the likelihood of wars, because they will take the human toll away from war that reminds us that wars are something to be fought only when we have run out of words. Something similar happened to the slave population in the South when the cotton gin was invented.
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Loyalty bought at such a price is no loyalty at all"
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Examples in Science Fiction
The Colonial Defense Force from the Old Man's War Universe
The In-Vitros from Space: Above and Beyond
The United Nations Exploratory Force from The Forever War
The Eternal War Veterans from Forever Free
The Galadorian Space Knights from ROM
The Adeptus Astartes from Warhammer 40K
The Space-Born Soldiers of the REF from ROBOTECH and ROBOTECH II: The Sentients