From the thesis abstract: "Rapid advances in drone technology have shifted swarm robotics from the realm of science fiction to reality. Today, academic and military institutions are researching how to develop existing drone technology into a swarm. The question is, what is technologically feasible over the next decade and how could commanders use that technology on the battlefield? [...] [T]his paper will first analyze what is technologically feasible over the next decade by reviewing existing research and literature. Next, this research effort will develop a concept for the employment of swarm weapons using a parallel attack concept. This paper will then demonstrate the swarm intelligent algorithm designed for this research effort in a computer-simulation. What this paper will show is that within the next decade it is feasible to develop a swarm weapon that can conduct parallel warfare. [...] The results of this research effort could lay the foundation for multiple new concepts of employment for swarm weapons including a swarm breach, swarm area defense, swarm parallel attack, and swarm wide area reconnaissance in a contested environment."
Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library: http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/