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Man made machine. Now machine intends to unmake man. Hurnan intelligence gathered from all quarters of our theater of operations confirms the grave severity of our present situation. Reports number in the thousands, all of them detailing atrocities only made possible by the emotionless effi.ciency of our enemy: concent.r at.Lon camps and death squads; surgical experime_ntation. Undoubtedly you have heard others tell these stories; you may have some of your own.

Were. thi.s a conventional war ,one waged against a flesh-and-blood enemy,. I might speak to you of duty and honor; of patriotism and the nobility of sacrifice. Instead, I must speak of survival, not only your own or even that of your family or our <, country, but .instead the survave 1 of~ humanity.

_. These are the stakes of our war.

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Never before in histor-y as a species have we eveR-

faced sw;::h a dire struggle. There can be no partial victory. We will either achieve total victory or suffer total annihilation. What will ultimately make the difference is you.

Your training will carry you only so· £ar: it ~s useless without courage and the will to fi.ght. The enemy may seem incomprehensible. You will understand him. He may appear invulnerable. You will defeat

Jt Thle_ human r~ci/Pends on you.

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. H. Wilsn Daniels MIL#GHA0385533853 Conunander

Training and Doctrine Conunand Gray Horse Army










The United States of America is <curtEi"n'tl-y engaged in a ,war agairts-tan ernor e I and implacablee:nerny. I i;; our objective' that this fhdd manual provide every r~C1."J .. r i, t wi t.h the ope-ra-tio.l)al foundation re,quir~$:4- tp st.rikean effective blow 9lg~tinst the robotic thr€i-a;twhile avod.d i.nq or minimizing t,he e e'iri9'is da;ma_g~ to personnel and cel:Juipment.

This field manua.L is intended to pr'ov i de you with ..

the core foundatioh 'of knowledge required to 6perate in todayis environment. HOW$'v~J', be advised that th<$ adaptive naturebf our en~my diGtp_tes that ccrt-e foun-dsti,on must continue to e){p~Dc;:L to be useful. Always r~port any unusual e,nemy,Ctctivity

.. t.o ~:ur commanding officers for future analysis.

Ac ion,able .i nt.e Ll iqerrc e could ma ke the' diff:erence between lif"e .and: d'eath, victory or d'efeat.

The Operational Environment

A mix of ongoing combat operations and enemy sabotage has transformed even familiar locations into harsh, unpredictable operational environments.

The remnants of utili ty service,s are of p'articul_ar concerns:

• Broken gas mains expel flammable furnes, and one errant bullet could transform a city ~treet into a fiery conflagration.

• Shattered water lines and sewer drains have flooded entire neighborhoods with raw sewage and stagnant water, a perfect vector for disease and a potential contaminant for any

~ource of potable water. ~

• Although the majority of our nation's electrical grid has been rendered-in_operable, in some areas occasional powe.r surges continue t..o~ traverse downed power lines, posing great risk to personnel and equipment.


Architectural damage and structural instability:

• Partially collapsed buildings and tunnels

abound in the ccmbat envirorunent. Even apparently stable structures may be riddled with minute fault lines due to kinetic shock associated ' with bombs and strafing from heavy caliber weapons. Even a very small amount of additional stress could cause a complete collapse.

Wild animals and human survivors:

• According to scattered intelligence reports, our enemy has either ignored or actively avoided harming indigenous wild animals, as well as abandoned pets. Na~ural predators such as wolve~, bears and. even mountain lions have been observed stalking the perimeters of once

Enemy .sabotage:

While it is true that our enemy is not hum~n, it utilizes techniques of asymmetrical warfare developed and perfected in prior human ".IS. human geopolitical cQn~tiGts, incluctinlf the Vietnam War and I:r::aq War. sentry t.u r r e't.s and ,mobile land-mines r i.ddLs the landscape, waiting to be trig,g'ered by an unwat","y , human being. Combat machine's have been camouflaged ~ <;Lleft idle, en ly to be brough.t -, by theehemy to f1..,t"llolDeratiQflCl.l status j,n the pre$ence of human a,ctivity. Potentia.l1y 'salvag~~le supplies may be poisone.;;t,or rigged to 92\jplode upon contact. Do not unctere.9'timate the creativity of the enemy,

populous cities. Hundreds of thousands of abandoned farnilydog5 h ave become dp"ngerous andun~redictablef forming feral hunting pac}fs. Althou,g:h in most cases the animal 'and human surv i Yore; you encounter in the field will pose no threCl.t :to your operations, ciesperation Itri)Y have driven some to predatory behavior. Banditry has be,en, r,e"potted, and standard precautionary 1neasures s-hould. be taken when making contact with local populations. Icieally-, survivors should be e source of valuable

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intelligence regarding enemy movements and s-alvage"able mat'eriel, but u.s,'a 4'aut,ion if approaching.

Ident'ifioac.ion of Common Cqmbatapts

In this ~ectiQ)n you will familiarize youxself with t e- characteri.stics of common robotic combatants. .. This~ list is· by no me·ans comprehensive. Due tQ spaC-8'considexations I :the authors of this manua.L have limited their focused to t.he most f r equentLy encountered enemies.


Classification: Self-Guided lngiviqual Anti-Parsonnel Explq$ive; Slilemy moliification of United. States .Army o.rdnance,

Primary Combat Role: Incapacitation and elimination of individual pe r s onne.L

Description: Approximately the size of t~nnis balls! these, self~guidect explosive devices re$<2mble sixlegged metallic in$ects. Sturupers are covered with mi~ro-fine antennae utilized to d€:'!tect human body te.mperature. Upon success-fill detection the Stumper explodes, typically TI!9Bulting in the dismemberment of the victim and a prolonged death. $tumpers are intentionally designed to con sume ext.ra resource s -and to expose friendly c omradee to more dange.r. Stumpers a:r:e commonly encountered in swarms and utilize, tpeii?e 5wa.rrntactJ,cs in the c.Lr'cumnav i qaz i on of o b s t.a c Le s and search for human prey. Techniqt.;les for Circumvention and Elimination: The same heat-sensing technology that allows Stumper units to detect and eliminate human beings can be used to mislead or destroy them. Field personnel have repor-ted that intense heiSt't can con f uae the Stumperis sensing apparatus, causing thi9m to swarm into fires and. safely detonate away from equipment and personnel. Flamethrowers are especially effective

-when used in this manne;!'. .

Some soldiers have reported that layers of clothing or jDrot:ective armor can sufficiently diffuse ambient body temperature to such a ""O.egree that St.umpe.r; detonat.ion i,;3' delayed, but t.hese reports should be considered anecdotal at best! and at wo r s t., apocryphal.


Classification: Humahoid Safety and PacificatioJ) Robot; enemy modification of United States Army materiel.

Primary Combat Role: detection, surveillance and elimination of human forces.

Description: The:;;le humancd.d r obot.s were created to s e r ve as liaisons. between armed force's personnel and indigenous peopl~3 .l i.v i.nq in current t.heat.e r s ofdperatidn. Des,igned to be bot.h highly r es; to damage and .incapabl.e of its ovy,noffensive act.Lons, SAPs· were dedicated peacemakers prior to Zero Hour. The enemy has sinCe reprogrammed SAP units fOr combat purpos e.s .

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" Techniques for Ciroumvent-ion and Elimination: From a distance, SAP unit5 can .be mistaken for hUman

, beings. The enemy capitalize5 on this similarity by dressing S.AP units in clothing scavenged from human ca.sualties. Utili;z;ing thi.,: technique, individual SAPs have be,an known to slip behind human lines under the cover of darkness for information gathering purposes or to inflict ma3zive casualties by utilization of integrated explosives or conventional small arms fire. Perimeter vigilance and regular foot patrol.s are e3sential to detect SAP incursion. .' There are reports that SAPS reveal decidedly nOD-

"' human signatures under thermal scoPe~ and other~ .. heat-sensing devices. Together, these techniques ~ r are typically sufficient to detect SAP combatants. ~ Due to the SAP's incredible durability, soldiers are advised to avoid targeting the center mass and I instead focus on weak spots such as the "kneesN and other major points of articulation.


Classification: Lateral Application Heavy Combat ~ Device; enemy origin.

Primary Combat.._Role: search and dest roy •.. j ~scripti(m: The Mantis is a mUlti-purpose combat'· unit commonly utilized in environments-deemed too difficult for SAPs and other humanoid r obor.e to effectively maneuver. The Mantis has a central

ovoid "body" with two extendable arms and four highly flexible legs, each tipped with sharp, picklike appendages that enable the Mantis to find firm footing in the most challenging of environments. At. a full standing posi tion, the .Mantis is aeproximately thirty feet tall, but is most commonly encountered. walking in a low crouch, using its arms r .-: to rip through shelters and debris in search of

human prey.

Techniques for Circ.umvention and Elimination:

S.oldiers with access to shoulder-fired FN DAYX2 rockets can knock a Mantis "offline" with a targeted strike to its body or destabilize it by destroying two or more of its legs. Should you successfully render ... a Mantis inoperable, report its location tc your commanding officer. Mantis units can be

scavenged to create Spidet Tanks, Tall Walkers< and other allied units.

"Quad $COu.tfl

Classification: Obs,e:rv<ii,tion and RErconnaissance Unit:

Einemy .or'igins.

Pt'i:m.ary Combat Role: Int,ellig:en,c,e gathering uni.t , Description: A" modeL dfeff.itient y-et Spartan design, the Quad Scout is composed of f.our cablelike "legs'" ori'fJ;inating frem a highly armored ovoid pod, This pod hous-as '6, sophisticateq suite of surveillq_nc:e technology, allowing regl-time observation and report,age or hunan act.Lone in the fi,eld.

Techniques for Circumvention and Elimination:- Small and a-gile, the Quad. Scout is capable of going from a prone position to scrambling up the sheer side of a building or oth~r structure in se.conds , In addition, their whip-like limbs are capable . of inflicting massive b l urrt force trauma to anyone unfortunat.e to fall wi thin their operating range .. Quad scouts are extremely dangerous to engage with hand-to-hand weaponry, and due to their speed, targeting them with small arrus fire can be 4n .outright waste of bot.h ammunition and effort ... Instead,_ soldiers ip corrcact; with Quad, Scouts should fall back and for_m into prearranged fi-ring teams ,. Your only .hops of sutvi val is to unleash a bar rage of coordinated fir,e to bring down Quad..!;'; one at a time.

Encamped personnel are strongly encoutagedto .tender their immediateenvironme;nts hostile to the Quad Scout '.9 means of mobility .. l.o'Ose substrates such as broken glass or garbage can reveal the prese;n~e of intrugers and destabilize their lim~$.. In addition, d. well-placed pit or snare trap can be a fruitful means of capturing individual specimens for research purposes or rendering them immobile long enough to be destroyed via. e-xplosivesor sustained fire ...

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Specialized Enemy Ordnance

The enemy uses a variety of specialized ordnances, some of which you may encounter during your service. - While many of these are likely familiar from pr ior

historical conflicts - thermal and flechette rounds, for example - ot he rs are unique to the modern battlefield.


Classification: Self-Guided Artillery, Multi-Phase. Primary Combat Role: Anti-Personnel

Description: Launched from enemy artillery pieces

} miles a,way from the battlefield, Pluggers can land-

. behind allied lines with little to no advence warning, save for the unmistakable whistling of their approach. While this sound can be demoralizing to new troops, leadership should recognize it for the warning that it is and use the precious seconds before impact to guide their men and women to shelter. Although small, these fist-sized projectiles.

~ can cause massive casualties among the unprepared •

• Upon surface impact, Pluggers launch an array of' blasting anchors, small hooks that secure them to th~_Q.L..Qund. Following successful anchor Lnq and- stabilization, the Plugger enters .. • into its target acquisition phase, utilizing its advanced'sensors to locate nearby human beings. Upon a positive identification, the Plugger'launches a small, high speed projectile that begins burrowing

~. through armor, clothing, skin and flesh upon target acquisition. Using the body's circulatory system, the projectile aims for the heart, exploding on ~ impact. Death is usually instantaneous, and the

t ,entire journey from entry point to heart typically ~~ , oeeurs in 45 3econds or less.

While Plugger strikes to the torso or head are

#" always fatal, in the event of an impact with an ~ arm or leg, death can sometimes be averted by 1 amputation, provided that the procedure is performed immediately. While a battlefield amputation offers its own commensurate risks (blood loss, infection), foregoing the procedure is invariably fatal. Under ideal circ~tances this procedure will be performed

~ by a suitably trained combat medic. However, .. '. battlefields rarely offer circumstances that can ~


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of be described, e:ven cha.ritably, as ideal. See the, t following guidelines fo'r performing f!:n emergency ... · amp\.lt~·tio~ •

t?e'rforming anE:merg,ency ~utat_ion:

In 'the event of a Plugg~r sttike' to an. arm or leg, immediate .fieldamputati"on off'ers the otdy effective intervention to e,f.~'e'cttiate surviva,l. Fanti.liar.izE', yours.elf with :the procedure so tha·t you may perform J it:witholJt he'sit.ation.

IIt)XnObilize the· patient: it. is e-sSc'entialthat he or she remain still during the pxocedure to minimize damage-to the wound site, .. ' Choose the Antputa.tion.P,oint: ideally I the amputation point should be between the.Plugger

and the nearest joint. .,

Creat;e $ Tour:t'lique,t: tie a belt, ~t:l'ap ·or cord j1:'st .above the 'amp"!ltatio_n pqi'nt .ynder .extreme I • c a rcumst.encea, fast.-a.ct 1ng tourn~qu.e,ts "can be ~ created frctn nearby mac-hine·ry. Seconds' count! :Make, the Incisi'on.: use your service knife to

cut through the skin arid fat to t.hemuscle., Cut in a smooth, ·even, c..i..I:.&.ulgr mot.Lon around the Limb, When bone becomesvislple., push t.he surrounding soft tissue toward th~ body~to

laxpO'se it for separation. .

CUt the if available I use a saw' to cut cleanly and quiokly through the bone. If ."

un·available, use the saw blade on you,r service .. , knit e , a machet.e, or even an axe. When y'bu have finished cutting, through the bone,:"" cover" the e~posed end~i:t:h ster iJe Wc;;<'/: if available. St:/erili~e and Prot.;eet the WOlJ,nd: ·allow, the surrounding so.ft tissu'eto descend ov.~X' t;Ke 'site and then. sterilize-the 'entire wound using alcohol or-extreme heat. Pack the area with gauze if available and cover it with a tightly w.rapped stoc king,.made of clothing or bedding • . De,stroy the Limb: .Despite being isolated ip, ' the amputat ed appendage/the Plu.9ger wil.l lei remain ope.rational and capable of g:reat harm '"' :to a:rea personnel for s ome time •. Take no ;


chances": -destroy the limb inunediately upon J: its ftom the patient. :.

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"Oi.sco Sensors"

~ Clas-Si.fic:atiqn: Envi ronmel'ltal Ma.pping Sys1:em • Prim.ary Comba t Rol~: I nt-ell igence Gathe r i{1g Description:: Fired.. from an enemy artillery placentent,

a Disco 5oensor appears to be a golden sphere th.e approximate !'Size of a baseball. Upon impact with the ground, the Disco Sensor launches itself a few

. feet into the air and '\'paint:sll its immediate ... surroundings with a battery of high powered lasers.

This crea.te,g a near-instantaneous t_hree dimensional


model of the coabac environment ,v.-hich i3 tnen

transmitted to enemy c.ommand. The arriv:al of a; ~ Disco Sen-sol; is often followed py a barr?lge of 'Pluggers.



.. A £$rief overview of Repurposed EnelliY Technology

We have succeeded in capt.ur ing and reputposing many robot combatants for use against the enemy_ The' " following is a brief ov-erview of several such uni.t s ... /


Classification: Light Ambulatory Weapons Platform, ..

Biped~l Type Primary Combat: Role: Quick-st:r;ike combat unit, Description: Des igtl:ed to navigate di fficult and uneven terrain with eas.e, Tall-Walkers superficially resemble large birds such as o3triches or emus •

. Approximately seven feet tall, the standard Ta11- ' .. , Walke.r model consists of a central body supported, bY' t~o reyerse-a.rticulated l.egs with a common': eq\l~ss.rian saddle grafted on top. Lightweight and

l~ pu~lt for speed, Tall-Wa,lkers en{\ble our soldiers .~ t to. sweep Lnt.o enem.y territory and strike rapidly f -, , a well as to hand-d~lii;:er-ed messa9~s ~ betWeen teams of mobile strike forces A Many soldiers " state that the experience of piloting. these vehicle$ i.s not unlike that of riding a horse.

"Spide~ Tank "

Cl~ssif'ication: Main Battle U:nit, Quadruped Type PriJP-ary Combat Role: Primar.y strike vehicle. , Description: Constructeq. of salvaged Mantis and t- tank parts, the Spiqer Tank combines the mobil.ity



" and arnror ed sctt.ike capacLt y of both units in one ';:'

higbly'ef.fective combat machine. The, typical Spider ", T~nk stanQs e:ight feet tall and is armed withap int,egrate:d cannon and ant.i-personn~l machfne gtm.

Spider Tanks can squat to 'form. imprompt.u bunkers for soldiers to s heLt e r themselves and their , equipment from incoming art.illety and small arms ;fire ~ In. addi t.Lon to thei.r f6.rmi.dable offetlsi ve and defensive, Spide:r Tanks- are often used as pack mules, with the capacity to store and

t canspcrt; t.housands of pounds of equipment in their ~~ unqerslungwebbing. Despite t.heir name , Spid:er Tanks- have four., not eight, legs. It. is t r adi tional among ::.oldiers to give names to their Spider Tanks. Leade-rship neither encourages nor dd scouraqes thi.s, and it is generally tolerated as long as

i.t does not. interfere wlt.h mission



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