Iran's Military Is Making Strides Into Twenty-First Century Technology

August 8, 2019 Topic: Security Region: Middle East Blog Brand: Middle East Watch Tags: IranTechnologyMilitaryArtificial IntelligenceWar

Iran's Military Is Making Strides Into Twenty-First Century Technology

Iran’s military industries have not been able to field the robotic and autonomous systems that now populate American, Chinese, and Russian arsenals, but they may not remain far behind for long.

The question for policymakers in Washington and among America’s Gulf allies is how Iranian acquisition of robotics and artificial intelligence technologies might impact basic assumptions about Iranian behavior and alter the regional military balance. Iran’s military industries may not yet have developed or been able to field the robotic and autonomous systems that now populate American, Chinese, and Russian arsenals, but they may not remain far behind for long.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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