It's 20 years into the future and we've developed 2 significant tools of war:
Perfect Surveillance within 10 miles. A new surveillance tech that it's impossible to hide from. You have it, your enemies have it, and you both know exactly where everyone is, anywhere you decide to search within a 10 miles radius of your nearest military convoy. You can create a 3D map of all physical material at any location you choose. You can even detect the movement of air currents, heat, humidity, every aspect of the environment you're searching, and it's all done from a remote device 10 miles away.
Machine Assisted Aim: With this new surveillance data, your computers can calculate exactly how to aim any pistol, AR, or sniper rifle to hit any target within miles (depending on how far the weapon can send the bullet before it loses lethal velocity). Extremely accurate environmental predictions based on this data can be used to calculate the bullet's travel path, including changes based on how the wind and temperature will change as the bullet moves along its path. Smart bullet technology allows the bullet to alter its course to correct for the target's movement. Ground drones of all shapes and sizes can use this technology to wage remote warfare, or human wearable exoskeleton tech can allow humans to execute this perfect aim as well (machine augmented motor functions).
So for example, a pistol could be aimed into the sky by any soldier at the perfect angle to drop onto an exposed target a quarter mile away, or an AR can take out a target from a mile away, arching the bullet over buildings and trees to land at the desired enemy.
How would this tech re-shape war as we know it, for example in the Middle East, with counter-terrorism operations? Maybe terrorist operations are doomed from the moment we develop the surveillance tech. So what about warfare in general? How would it change?
Edit: For anyone interested, limitations:
- The device would cost between 20-50 million dollars per unit to produce.
- It can fit in a specialized, armored military vehicle and must be stationary to work.
- There's no way to increase the range with a bigger version, 10 miles is the maximum capability.
- A lot of computational power is needed to handle to simulations for bullet travel paths in real time, and to process the surveillance data into a 3D map.
- In a truck carrying one, only enough processing hardware can be carried to keep track of about 20 25x25 meter zones and 10 shot trajectories during any given second.