Forget Battle Droids, Invest in People. Invest in Clones.

Posted: February 27, 2013 by Crispin Burke in Uncategorized
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Clones can think creatively, you will find them immensely superior to droids
–Taun We, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Okay, we get it. We shouldn’t rely on “Death Star” weapon systems. They promise too much, come in over-budget, and come with all sorts of pesky design flaws.

But that doesn’t  mean we should rely too heavily on droids to carry out our foreign policy.  As our Empire has moved away from traditional fleet-on-fleet warfare, we’ve taken on more policing actions in the ungoverned ares of the Outer Rim, which require the use of droids to carry out our dirty work.  But our battle droids have yet to encounter a hardened, competent opponent.  Sure, they’re great for hunting Jawas, Ewoks and Gungans.  But what if they came up against a conventional, or “hybrid” force?

In one incident, an eight-year old child  flew an N-1 Starfighter into a Droid Control Ship, disabling the primary controls for an entire droid army.  Moreover, droids are increasingly reliant on the Electromagnetic Spectrum, making them susceptible to hacking and jamming.

Sure, we can produce autonomous, hunter-killer Vulture Droids…but would we really want to take a Neimoidian out of the loop?

Let’s face it, we need to invest in people, rather than technology.  We need well-trained, educated Clone Troops who can adapt to any situation.  We need to reverse a decade’s worth of growth acceleration and allow our Clones the opportunity for broadening assignments and leader development.

Unfortunately, hundreds of Imperial Senators have fallen under the control of a Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who stands to personally profit from the construction of a Death Star.  And by spreading out contracts for the Death Star among his cohorts in the Techno Union, the Corporate Alliance, and the Intergalactic Banking Clan, components of the Death Star superlaser are built in seemingly pacifistic systems, such as Alderaan and Naboo.

If the Imperial Senate can’t kill this project, I’m afraid nothing will, with the possible exception of a proton torpedo fired down a conveniently-located exhaust port.

With this sort of Senatorial gridlock, it seems that Clone training, education, and leader development will be the first thing we sacrifice, should the Imperial budget be cut.  Already, Clone Pilots are unable to maintain currency in their LAAT/i Gunships.  Marksmanship training has been cut so significantly, I fear that our Stormtroopers–legendary for their “precise” marksmanship–won’t be able to hit the broad side of a barn.

So forget Battle Droids; invest in people.

Invest in our Clones.

  1. B.Smitty says:

    No. The prime failure in both Death Stars and the Droid Control Ship incidents is over-concentration of combat power (or command and control) in a single node. Resiliency in warfare is driven by the degree of distribution in your battle network.

    Droids are uniquely capable of performing the dull, dirty and dangerous work. We can mass produce them at stunning rates. Clones excel at finding solutions to problems, but they take far longer to grow and train. Each has their place.

    I propose a hybrid model whereby individual, or small groups of clone troopers act as C3 elements for multiple combat droids. The clone trooper can use his unique talents and creativity to overcome the many challenges we face, while backed with our semi-autonomous, easily replaceable droid muscle. Let droids lead the way into danger, while clones do the thinking.

  2. Alan says:

    Clone scouts and clone commandos should be utilized wherever individual or small group initiative is required. These clones are trained to think and act autonomously and strategically, and thus excel at tasks at which droids fail since droids (and to a lesser extent typical clone troopers) are programmed to lack those qualities.

  3. rodsjournal says:

    The most recent mainstream depictions of ‘hybrid’ units in action were the Battlestar Galactica re-imagined series and the Total Recall remake. They were shown to work well, generally.

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