Kingston Conference on International Security

2017: Developing the Super Soldier: Enhancing Military Performance

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

Contributors: Ryan Anderson, William G. Braun III, H. Christine Breede, Evan C. Carter, Jason Dozois, Javier O. Garcia, Gregory M. Gremillion, Stéfanie von Hlatky, Jesse Kirkpatrick, Steve Kornguth, Amar R. Marathe, Jason S. Metcalfe, Col. James Ness, Kim Richard Nossal, C. Anythony Pfaff, James J. Picano, Jean M. Vettel

2017 cover

Released July 2018

Type: Edited Collection

121 Pages

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Cost: Free


How can military leaders develop soldiers to ensure unity of purpose, optimal physical and cognitive performance, resilience, and ethically applied fighting spirit? How can the armed forces balance military effectiveness with a stated commitment to reflect society’s values and norms? How do we anticipate individual soldier enhancements required to maintain a competitive edge at the individual level of performance? KCIS 2017 examined how we might anticipate individual soldier enhancements required to maintain a competitive military edge, pushing physical, cognitive, social, and sometimes even moral boundaries in its pursuit. This edited collection features contributions from academic and military experts who examined the future of developing “super soldiers”– in other words, developing and enhancing critical skills, from physical to cognitive abilities, to social, cultural and ethical understandings of the environment in which soldiers operate. 

Table of Contents:   

  • Chapter 1 – Introduction 
  • Chapter 2 – Capability and Connection 
  • Chapter 3 – The Quantified Soldier 
  • Chapter 4 – Soldier Resilience 
  • Chapter 5 – Moral Autonomy and the Ethics of Soldier Enhancement 
  • Chapter 6 – Virtuous Super Soldiers? 
  • Chapter 7 – Ethical Implications in Generating or Selecting for Super Soldiers 
  • Chapter 8 – Training the Mind of the Super Soldier 
  • Chapter 9 – Conclusion