The future of war will be robotic

Story highlights

  • Militaries around the world embracing new technology which is increasingly self-controlled
  • Peter Singer: Will humans be "out of the loop" of decision-making one day?

Peter Warren Singer is a strategist for New America and author of many books including "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century" and the upcoming "Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War." He will be presenting at the joint New America and Arizona State University conference on The Future of War on Tuesday, February 24. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN)The rise of the robot on the modern battlefield has happened so fast, it is almost breathtaking -- that is, if you are not a robot yourself.

When the U.S. military invaded Iraq just over a decade ago, it only had a handful of unmanned systems, aka drones, in the air, and zero deployed into the ground forces. Today, its inventory in the air numbers well over 7,000, ranging from the now famous Predator and Reaper to the Navy's new MQ-8 Fire Scout, a