A nuclear submarine would be a portable nuclear generator, although maybe not on the scale that you envision. Also keep in mind that efficient destruction is usually not a goal of modern warfare. Crippling a combatant is more desirable than killing them. The former ties up all sorts of resources in transportation and care, while the latter is simply food for battlefield robots and maggots. Maybe if the battlefield robots were picky eaters... * Steve Baker (ice@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) on [07-19-00 19:15] did utter: > Hunter <hunters@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes: > > What Neil's reply said is exactly what I find so scary. > > Humans and tanks will be cheaper and more effective for quite some time I > should think. Besides, nuclear power is a much more efficient and reliable > long term energy source if you want to build a roaming people eating machine. And then Neil said: "Okay, well obviously ice has no sense of fiction. I mean, think 'The Matrix' or 'Terminator' or something. :) Besides, can you show me a portable nuclear generator that we have working right now? Self-sustaining, hunter-seeker robots that can hunt down and find their own sources of power (albeit humans, birds, dogs, whatever) indefinately and are basically mass-produced disposable heros in a box that you can dump by the thousand out of a C-130 over enemy lines...sounds like an interesting sci-fi book. ;) Oh, something like that could also be used to wipe out enemy food stores, drop them in like locusts, ravenous for wheat, corn, people, whatever they can get their teeth into. It's sortof a Bond-villian sortof thing."