Imagine…

bullet resistant, resilient structures rapidly assembled by autonomous robotic systems without endangering soldier or civilian life… all with a minimal logistical footprint.

In the image above, instead of the two people assembling the building, imagine an autonomous robotic system is doing so.  The robotic system is parachuted from an aircraft into a either a battle zone or a humanitarian relief zone.  It carries only spools of woven high-density polyethylene bags and barbed wire.  On descent it surveys the landing zone.  Upon landing it tests the soil, and beings extruding soil-filled tubes building them up into shelters or other predetermined structures, held together only with a thin strand barbed wire laid down between layers.  The resulting structures have good insulating properties staying cool in the sun, and retaining heat in the cold, they are earth-quake resistant, bullet-resistant, and fast to assemble.  The assembly robot works day and night alone, or in teams of robots.

Super adobe is a simple construction technique for rapidly assembling strong semi-permanent or permanent structures predominantly from material found in the local environment.  To learn more about the construction technique, visit the link provided.

An autonomous system capable of performing this task is a near-term (5 year) R&D prospect.