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Modern Warfare: U.S. prioritizing high-tech innovation for future conflicts

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Tensions in the Middle East are escalating quickly, as the Trump administration is blaming Iran for an attack on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia last weekend.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif threatened an "all-out war" after President Trump suggested in a tweet that the U.S. is "locked and loaded."

But President Trump is not backing down. 

In fact, he made an announcement Friday morning that may bring U.S-Iran relations to a boiling point.

"We have just sanctioned the Iranian National Bank. That is their central banking system, and it's going to be at the highest level of sanctions," President Trump said.

If a war were to break out with Iran, Gen. John Murray, the first commanding general of the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC), said the United States must be more agile with innovation and technology.

"It will just become more and more difficult to sort through that amount of information and really pick out the good and useful from the bad. That's why I think automation can help in really kind of the science of it all in terms of sorting through and really highlighting key pieces of information," Gen. Murray said.

Gen. Murray said robotics use in the military is close, and that it could be a game-changer at all levels.

He said he hopes the U.S. government stresses this as a priority going forward, but at the same time. he said he understands there must be a balance in the conflict of humans and computers.

"The United States Army is the most ethically-based army in the world, and so we have conversations all the time about how far do you go. Do you always have a soldier in the loop, or are there some cases where things will be happening so fast that you can't afford that?" Gen. Murray said.

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