Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, believes the service should have a ready supply of both manned and autonomously operated vehicles on hand to meet transportation needs.

“Every vehicle needs to have the capacity to be robotic,” Milley told an audience at a Jan. 17 breakfast sponsored by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare.

The capability would provide a “fundamental shift in ground combat capabilities that doesn’t exist today,” Milley said.

At present, the Army is studying a variety of options for autonomous combat vehicles – including electric, hybrid, natural gas, fuel cell and hydrogen power plants, AUSA reports.