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Sen. Gary Peters and Mike Allen at an Axios event in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters told Axios’ Mike Allen Wednesday that a military general said “the F35 fighter that we’re building now will probably be the last aircraft fighter ever built that will have a human pilot.”

“Autonomy will start changing the face of warfare. You're going to have drones operating with autonomous function, perhaps autonomous tanks as well."
— Sen. Peters at an Axios event

Why it matters: “We lost more soldiers in logistics operations … than we did in combat in Afghanistan,” Sen. Peters said. “Great advances are being made in autonomy … to save soldiers’ lives.”

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