US Defense Department Donating ‘Hundreds’ Of Surplus Military Robots To Police

Posted on Apr 10 2012 - 4:57am by Editorial Staff

The US Department of Defense will donate “hundreds” of surplus robots to police departments as early as this summer. Dan Arnold of the Defense Logistics Agency announced that along with surplus rifles and vehicles, military ‘bots will be made available through the 1033 Program, which provides surplus goods to law enforcement. Other agencies, like fire departments, may also be able to get the robots though different programs. A Defense Department spokeswoman told Wired that the agency still wasn’t sure what would be included: “The item manager for these robots… will determine which models can be declared excess.”

“At this time, DLA Disposition Services does not know which robots in particular will be deemed excess as that decision is being made by the Army,” Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan, a Defense Department spokeswoman, tells Danger Room. “The item manager for these robots, located at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, will determine which models can be declared excess based on operational requirements and sufficient numbers of newer models presently in stock.”

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