This panel will explore the rapid evolution of transformative military technologies that are now appearing on the world’s battlefields and are redefining warfighting strategies and tactics. The panelists will pay particular attention to the role of autonomous and semi-autonomous platforms—unmanned arial vehicles or drones, remotely piloted aircraft, robotics—in tomorrow’s conflicts.
How will these technologies change the “on-the-ground” experience for combatants? How will it change for decision-makers? And how can these emerging warfighting technologies be deployed to substantially reduce the loss of life, both of service members and civilians?
Ben FitzGerald is senior fellow and program director of the technology and national security program at the Center for a New American Security.
Colonel Patrick J. Mahaney, Jr., U.S. Army, is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He most recently commanded the Asymmetric Warfare Group based at Fort Meade, Maryland, where he was responsible for global support in countering asymmetric and irregular threats.
Noah Shachtman is executive editor of The Daily Beast and nonresident fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence in the foreign policy program at Brookings Institution.