THERE IS NO SPOON: RETHINKING WAR IN THE GRAY ZONE

Would a cyberattack that takes down the Texas power grid in the peak of summer be an act of war? “There is no spoon.” The 1999 film, The Matrix, held a critical lesson for its protagonist, Neo. One cannot change physical reality; one can change only oneself. The message came from a young boy who […]

THE IRON TRIANGLE: TECHNOLOGY, STRATEGY, ETHICS, AND THE FUTURE OF KILLING MACHINES

Fear of an artificial intelligence disadvantage is pushing the U.S. and other powers into another arms race Strategic leaders have wrestled with the use of various types of weapons and their employment throughout history. The crossbow, cannons, snipers, landmines, submarines, bombers, and many other weapons provoked episodes of moral reflection and angst. The U.S. developed […]

KILLING WITH AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS SYSTEMS

Do technologies drive our values, or do our values drive our technologies? “Officers take on immense responsibilities, again unlike anything in civilian life, for they have in their control the means of death and destruction.” -Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars Do technologies drive our values, or do our values drive our technologies? As artificial intelligence […]