Kingston Conference on International Security

2015: Robotics and Military Operations

edited by William G. Braun, lll; Stéfanie von Hlatky; Kim Richard Nossal

Contributors: Tony Battista, Simon Monckton, Elinor Sloan

2016 cover

Released May 2018

Type: Edited Collection

77 Pages

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Cost: Free


In the wake of two extended wars, Western militaries find themselves looking to the future while confronting amorphous nonstate threats and shrinking defense budgets. The 2015 Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS) examined how robotics and autonomous systems that enhance soldier effectiveness may offer attractive investment opportunities for developing a more efficient force capable of operating effectively in the future environment. This monograph offers 3 chapters derived from the KCIS and explores the drivers influencing strategic choices associated with these technologies and offers preliminary policy recommendations geared to advance a comprehensive technology investment strategy. In addition, the publication offers insight into the ethical challenges and potential positive moral implications of using robots on the modern battlefield.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Policy Implications for Civilian and Military Leadership
  • Chapter 2: Current and Emerging Technology in Military Robotics
  • Chapter 3: Policy Implications