A discussion on F-35 capability and potential; focusing on the implications of autonomous systems and the way in which they will shape the modern battle space.
The F-35 is the most advanced aircraft ever developed. It represents shared interests between the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and multiple foreign partners. The advanced technology that the F-35 brings to bear on the battlefield is indeed cutting edge. However, the real advancement is how that technology has redefined what it means to be a fighter pilot. This implication speaks to the larger narrative of how the human machine interface is re-shaping the battlefield and how autonomy in our war machines increases capability and refines warfighter roles; while posing ethical and political ramifications.