A comment from Buckethead on the NLOS-C post:
We want to be the equivalent of British colonial troops with maxim guns going up against the unwashed with spears. We want qualitative superiority, force multipliers out the wazoo.
But the other side is troops. All the high tech in the world does not, and will not for the foreseeable future, replace boots on the ground.
We need more soldiers, more marines. (A few more in the navy, no more airmen, and a space force.) All the networked, semi-autonomous weapons, sensors and defenses will be orbiting around the battlefield. So that when a highly trained infantryman needs the hammer of god, it’s there waiting for him to smite whatever needs smiting.
The soldier will be the focal point of all this firepower. He won’t carry it, but he will direct it. We still need soldiers, and we’ll need more of them.
And note the front page picture at DefendAmerica.mil today:
There’s probably very little on earth scarier than a US soldier or Marine with a map and a radio.