MOD isn’t equipped to face fu­ture robot threats, say MPS

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Jack Maid­ment, PO­LIT­I­CAL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

BRI­TAIN’S Armed Forces must do more to pre­pare for the fu­ture threat posed by ro­bots, a re­port by an in­flu­en­tial group of MPS has said.

A Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Min­istry of Defence’s equip­ment plan for the next decade found it “did not re­flect the con­tin­u­ally chang­ing na­ture of the defence land­scape”. As a re­sult, the re­port said, the MOD had a “lack of flex­i­bil­ity” to re­spond to “emerg­ing threats” such as cy­ber at­tacks and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

The re­port also con­cluded that the Armed Forces could be al­most £21bil­lion short of the money needed to buy equip­ment over the next 10 years.

The MOD said it was com­mit­ted to “de­liv­er­ing large, tech­no­log­i­cally chal­leng­ing” pro­grammes, and the po­ten­tial fund­ing gap in the re­port “re­flects an un­likely, worst-case scenario in which all pos­si­bil­i­ties ma­te­ri­alise”.

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