Two U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers fly over Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2020. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz)

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The U.S. Navy just demonstrated that two EA-18G Growlers can be autonomously controlled by a manned fighter in a first-of-its-kind test for the specialized electronic warfare aircraft.

Boeing Co., the jet's manufacturer, announced Tuesday that the service recently flew two Growlers as drones while a third, piloted EA-18G aircraft acted as mission controller for the experiment.

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The Ripsaw M5 (Textron Systems)

Editor's Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The U.S. Army has announced that it plans to strike deals with QinetiQ North America and Textron Systems to build versions of the Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV).

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Army Gen. James McConville (U.S. Army/Sgt. Dana Clarke)

While artificial intelligence and autonomous capabilities remain critical subjects for future military endeavors, the Army's top officer is more interested in optionally-manned systems rather than totally unmanned.

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The murderous HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

If the Navy gets its way, the service will soon boast a fleet of unmanned warships capable of taking on a variety of missions, from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to surface warfare and strike missions. But there's one critical capability that every single one of those future warships will require: speech.

Well, sort of. The Navy is currently on the hunt for a specialized bridge-to-bridge radio system for unmanned surface vessels that will allow the robot warships to "talk" to other vessels by converting standard VHF transmissions to data and vice versa, according to a new posting on the Pentagon's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) website.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' (IMDB)

The reality of real cyborg soldiers on the battlefield is closer than you think.

A new Pentagon report, "Cyborg Soldier 2050: Human/Machine Fusion and the Implications for the Future of the DoD," goes into detail about four cyborg technologies that are "technically feasible by 2050 or earlier" — including eye enhancements for situational awareness, programmed muscle control, auditory enhancement, and "direct neural enhancement of the human brain for two-way data transfer."

You read that right — the DoD wants to connect your brain to machines.

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(U.S. Army/Pixar)

Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians may be overworked and understaffed, but at least they're getting a brand new robot best friend to help them avoid accidental detonation.

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